Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mrs. Heinebach’s Vicious Acid Attack on Mrs. Snelling - 1896

FULL TEXT: Butte, Mon., July 17. – Because she thought her husband had been too attentive to another woman, Mrs. Edward Heinebach, wife of the manager of the Huston and Montana Mining Company, threw a pint of vitriol in the face of Mrs. Thomas Snelling last night. The fluid burned almost every shred of clothing off the woman’s body; her face and body were burned in a most frightful manner, and the sight of both eyes probably destroyed. Mrs. Heinebach and her sister, who accompanied her, are in jail. The condition of the victim is serious, and it is said there is no foundation for Mrs. Heinebach’s jealousy.

[“A Jealous Woman Throw Vitriol,” The Sun (New York, N.Y.), Jul. 18, 1896, p. 8]


 SEE: “Acid Queens: Women Who Throw Acid” for a collection of synopses of similar cases.


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