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HISTORY: Wife Killing Results In Conviction

By Mike Watson
Adair County Historian

BOSTON, MASS, 1846 -- In Adair County, Kentucky, Joseph Coleman has been convicted of the murder of his wife on the 1st of November 1844.

He went out with her to get some bark of the slippery elm tree; returned soon afterward, and told his sister-in-law that his wife had killed herself, and with her went and brought home the corpse.

The throat was cut, there was a deep wound in the hand, and Coleman's shoe-knife was found near the body.

He says he was a mile beyond his wife hunting for the elms when she was murdered, and the jury found trees with the bark cut about that distance from the spot.

The parties had once separated on account of jealousy, but lived on good terms at the time. [Boston Post, Boston, Mass., 2 April 1846]

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