Today’s Special Yet Truly Morbid Fact!
Barent Becker, a farmer living in Mayfield, New York, grew tired of his wife Ann and disposed of her by following an age-old tradition. Becker prepared his specialty, stewed tomatoes, and served it to her loaded with enough arsenic to annihilate a regiment. She consumed the dish with relish and promptly died.
The farmer confessed and was hanged October 6, 1815, after he delivered a maudlin farewell to his relatives from the gallows. A special hymn, which Becker had composed, was sung.
Culled from: Bloodletters and Badmen
Sadly, I couldn’t locate the text of Becker’s farewell speech or his hymn. Probably was crap though, right? And, isn’t Barent Becker a great name?
A Weird New Year!
I wish you all a Morbidly Mirthful New Year! One of my sort-of-resolutions is to try to actually send out a Morbid Fact Du Jour every jour in 2018. Do you think I will succeed? Only time shall tell…
Hey, look, I’m 1/1!
And here is a lovely collection of some of the strangest New Year’s cards. Let’s all hope for lots of (good) strangeness in 2018!