Thursday, January 20, 2022

If Only

 Tampa, Fla. (1933)

10/17/1933: An “allegedly insane drug addict, hacked to death his mother, father, sister and two brothers….  He appeared in a daze and gave   coherent replies to questions…. Friends of the family told police that [the son] was a habitual smoker of marajuna [sic] and had been known to be insane for more than two years but that his family had refused to place him in an institution.”  Later coverage revealed that he “was once named in a lunacy petition which was later withdrawn when the family maintained they could care for him at home."  He later denied his role but described a dream in which “he was being tortured by family members, ‘had pains in my stomach’ and later saw ‘real blood’ dripping from an axe.”

Category: family

Suicide: no

Cause: mental illness

Weapon: ax[1]

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