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Man stashes wife’s face, body and nearly severs arms while visiting her in the hospital

From the Chicago Daily Tribune
Friday, January 29, 1915

Lorena Beresford-Snyder was killed by her husband, Ward Snyder, while she was in the hospital. A nurse overheard an endearing conversation between the two (the husband calling his wife “dearest” and saying he came to see her fearing she would be ill for some time, and the wife telling her husband he was a “good boy”) and left them to their privacy.

Roughly 10 minutes later, the nurse discovered a dark stain flowing from beneath the door and barged in. She found Mrs. Beresford-Snyder on the floor, her face and body slashed, her throat cut, and both her arms “had been all but severed at the elbows.” Her husband was found near her, having ingested mercury shortly after killing his wife.

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