Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mrs. McVean Stalked By Murderous Acid Queen – Missouri 1899

FULL TEXT: St. Louis, March 15. – Detectives are looking for an unknown woman who called at the residence of Mrs. F. McVean, a widow, and threw vitriol in her face, blinding her and causing burns that may result fatally. Several weeks ago Mrs. McVean gave the police department a box of candy which she said she received through the mail. She charged a prominent young woman with having sent it, because jealous of the attentions paid Mrs. McVean by a well known physician.

Before becoming unconscious Mrs. McVean told her sister that a strange woman, whom she described, called her to the door by ringing the bell and threw the contents of the bottle in her face. No other person saw the acid thrown.

[“Threw Vitriol In Her Face.” The Albuquerque Daily Citizen (N.M.), Mar. 15, 1899, p. 1]


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


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