In 1953, Melvin and Lorraine Clark became active in a new pastime in Amesbury – wife swapping. A group would get together, throw their house keys in a bowl, and then each choose a key and go with its owner for the evening.I wonder if she knit a lot in prison ... ;)
On the night of April 10, 1954, Melvin came home early and found Lorraine in bed with another man. They quarreled. The quarrel ended when Lorraine stabbed Melvin with a knitting needle then shot him twice.
When she realized that she had killed Melvin, she wrapped his body in chicken wire to make a small parcel, then drove it to the Merrimack River, tied weights to it and dumped it from a bridge. Assuming that the motion of the tidal river would carry the corpse out to sea, Lorraine pretended to friends and neighbors that Melvin had left after a major quarrel. She backed up this story by suing Melvin for divorce on grounds of cruelty.
But on June 2, Melvin's badly decomposed body was found in the marshlands by a bird watcher. When questioned by police, Lorraine confessed. She was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
08 May 2008
We have pointy sticks!
Here's a cautionary tale for all of us – a true story, from Amesbury, Massachusetts :