Another catastrophic household…

another murder. Within a week of getting married at Waterbury, Connecticut, Lithuanian immigrant Motejius Rikteraites was viciously quarrelling with his new bride Mary. “He drank all the time, he was irascible by nature, and didn’t understand the meaning of family harmony,” his mother-in-law said.

On May 10th, 1913, he was even more crabby than usual. He got into a shouting match with Mary, accusing her of ogling their male boarders and failing to prepare his dinner on time. When she answered back he seized a razor and slit her throat from ear to ear.

Almost immediately, it seems, he was overcome by remorse, and slashed his own throat with the razor. He nearly succeeded in killing himself, but doctors revived him and patched him up ready to meet the hangman on Friday, May 8th, 1914, at Connecticut State Prison.