This topical collection is new and has yet not been much
researched by us. Thus this summarizing post is meant only to make it easier to
find the articles in this category. Many more cases are to be added.
There are, of course, many collections of lethal
female-violence in various categories (as well as categories of domestic
violence by women against children and other adult women) already available on
Unknown History of MISANDRY. See sidebar.
A wife is fined for horse-whipping her husband. He is fined
for allowing it.
Her husband was too handsome and so she was jealous. She
corrected the situation by disfiguring his face with acid.
1888 – Mrs. Cochrane
– Brooklyn, N.Y. (whip)
A jealous wife horse-whips her husband.
A wife who, with respect to her husband, “had a prevailing
hankering to carve out his liver with a knife.” She tried pistols too.
A wife horsewhips her husband in public.
A wife who critically injured her husband when she beat him
on the head with a shovel.
A wife deployed, over a period of many years, a dizzying
array of assault methods against overly patient her husband.
1896 – Jennie Dore – Boston, Massachusetts
A wife, separated from her husband,
attacked her husband with a shard of plate glass, severing an artery.
jealous wife whips her husband in public. When he slaps her back he is arrested.
A wife whose husband left her stalked him to his new home
town and threw acid on him.
1898 – Martha Place
– New York, N. Y. (non-lethal, plus
A wife attacked her husband with an axe, but he survived.
Her teenage step-daughter, whom she poisoned and threw acid upon died.
"I am tired of being used as a punching bag for the
development of Mrs. Rigsby's biceps," the husband told the Judge.
An exasperated judge jailed a wife after her fifth arrest
for beating her husband.
The first woman to be convicted in Hackensack on the charge
of “husband beating.”
1901 – Delaware
– state law proposal on equal punishment
A legislative bill is proposed to give women equal
punishment for crimes.
Wife bought a hatchet to use on her
husband’s head – she had her eye on another man – but he survived the attack.
1902 – “Enid Wife”
– Enid, Oklahoma (razor)
Husband-beater slices up preacher with straight razor when he criticizes her for her violence.
1903 – Mrs. Cass
– Lexington, Kentucky (whip)
The wife of an elderly war veteran who wanted to spend some
of his savings on “having a good time” is told by a judge to give him a
horsewhipping to convince him to obey her orders.
She threw acid in husband’s eyes and rubbed it in, causing
permanent blindness in the right eye and probably also in the left.
Chronic husband beater uses up husband No. 4 (She lied about
him being the first). Willing to undergo repeated beatings, hubby nevertheless
got tired of the wife bringing her paramours home with her. He got up the nerve
to raise a ruckus and landed in jail for his shameless disobedience.
”Of course I horsewhipped my husband and I will do it again
1906 – Mrs. Gill
– Los Angeles, California (whip)
A wife suspicious her jeweler husband has given away some
diamonds prompts a hose-whipping conspiracy.
A wife whips her husband in a theater. She went after the
other woman with her gun four years earlier and one year later than the 1906
whipping as well.
An estranged wife, who had not seen her husband for two
years, used the claim she wanted to see their 9-year-old daughter, to set him
up for a vicious acid attack in which she broke a bottle of vitriol over his
head and shoulders causing serious injury.
A diamond-studded wife thrashed her husband in front of
A wife who starting punching and kicking her husband four
months after their wedding is finally called into divorce court.
Headline: “Irate Wife Whips Husband In Street”
Wife says, with respect to her treatment of husband: “I have
a right to kick him or beat him if I like.”
Before a large crowd a
wife gave an unresisting husband “a stiff jab in the neck straight from
the shoulder as one reads about in championship battles” and “several upper
1909 – Josephine Eversich
– Newport News, Virginia (bullets,
Wife shoots husband giving slight flesh wound. Later the same day she shoots him in leg, shattering the bone. Weeks later, when he can walk, he bails his wife out of jail. But she gets annoyed again and goes at him with a hatchet.
Arrested for beating her husband, a wife “goes dead” on
A big man being seriously beaten by little wife in front of
a Navy recruiter makes a bad impression on the military man.
Wife arrested on a charge of “husband beating,” whose
husband says she is “responsible for his disfigured face.”
A black eye and a pile of wrecked furniture inspires a judge
to declare: ‘This husband beating has got to stop.”
1912 – Mary Dubal
– Binghampton, New York (a suffrage
A suffrage activist is jailed for husband-beating.
1912 – Mrs. Jefferson
– Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
If husbands are severely punished for wife-beating, why not
wives for husband-beating? So asked Frank Jefferson
A wife tied her husband to a chair, thrashed him with a
garden hose, and dragged him into the street, leaving him there.
“Little Ralph Seamon, 1 year old, may pay with a scarred
face and the sight of his right eye because his father danced the tango with a
girl his mother doesn't like. Mrs. Seamon threw acid at her husband after the
dance and it hit the child.”
An Ohio wife’s
ingeniously varied regimen of husband-torture is revealed.
Mrs. Hassel stalked husband and woman and attacked them with
acid, seriously burning her about the face, arms, and shoulders.
A big wife and a little husband: he does not even strike
A wife, five months separated, sets up a meeting and
viciously attacks, with her umbrella as her weapon, the husband and three
policemen, who eventually conquered and arrested her.
1924 – Luella Stuart
– Los Angeles, California
Wife beats husband with his wooden leg.
Husband wins court case and is immediately horse-whipped by
Grace Bernice Day was one of the most notorious American acid queens. In her
first marriage she gave her husband a black eye. In her second she poured acid
on her husband.
Headline: “Whips Her Husband As Crowd Looks On – Wife Beats
Man Near Police Headquarters in Mt. Vernon Till He Is Partly Blind.”
A jealous wife beat her husband with a large stick.
A wife threw her husband “on the
ground, and putting her hand inside his mouth, threatened to ‘pull his inside
out,’” among other acts of aggression.
Wife beats husband on wedding day.
1932 – John A. Meyers
– Munhall, Pennsylvania
"She loved me like snakes."
Wife beats husband with dog leash in public.
Judge gives wife permission to batter her husband if he “called
A wife’s 8-hour-long torture of her husband leaves him
almost dead, requiring most of his blood to be replaced. “He deserved it,” she
A German wife’s ingeniously varied regimen of
husband-torture is revealed.