Horrible Murder and Suicide.
By the passengers who came in the cars from New Haven, on Tuesday, we learn that a most horrible murder and suicide had been committed early on the morning of that day, at Wallingford.
It seems that an individual by the name of Hotchkiss, had for some time been living in unlawful connection with a married woman named Harriet Allen. A divorce had a short time previous been obtained by this woman from her husband, and she was to have married Hotchkiss, on Sunday next. Some difficulty arose between them in regard to the wedding day, and on Monday night last, Hotchkiss returned from N. Haven, where he had purchased some N.E. Rum, and drank a large quantity.
About 6 o’clock on Tuesday morning, he took an axe and went to the room where his intended wife was sleeping with her mother in the same bed, and with one blow of the axe split open her head, and repeated his blows till her head and breast were cut to pieces. He then went into an adjoining room and, with a jackknife, cut his own throat so as to occasion his death in a very short time.
This is certainly one of the most horrible deeds of blood and murder that ever disgraced the annals of our State, and makes no less than the seventh or eighth murder committed in the State within the year. It is supposed by some that the murder was committed in a fit of jealousy and a desperation excited by that monster of so many crimes RUM! We shall send a reporter on Monday to obtain the full particulars of this most dreadful affair, and publish them in our next.
From The New England Weekly Review (Hartford, CT) Saturday, October 24, 1840, pg. 43, col. C.