Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mother Kills Child in Stove: Vivian Mathews, Michigan - 1940

PHOTO CAPTION: Because “he was too hard to care for,” Mrs. Vivian Mathews, 38- year-old mother of three children, confessed she burned to death her eight-week-old son, Howard, in the kitchen stove, according to her statement to Mt. Clemens, Mich., police. Her husband collapsed at an automobile plant where he works when told of his wife’s act. Photo shows Mrs. Mathews and the kitchen stove in which the child perished.

[“Mother Kills Child in Stove,” The Ludington Daily News (Mi.), Mar. 21, 1940, p. 1]

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