a man who kills his wife
the killing of one's wife
Uxoricide (from Latin uxor meaning "wife") is murder of one's wife. It can refer to the act itself or the man who carries it out. Overkill is reported to be common in these slayings, presumably reflecting the emotional state of the killer.
In many patriarchal cultures uxoricide is regarded less harshly than other forms of homicide, especially in cases of adultery. It may even be regarded as the correct, honourable thing to do. (See honor killing)
Uxoricide in fiction
- In the film Sweeney Todd, the demon barber, in a passionate flurry of murder, accidentally kills his wife under the assumption that she was just a witness.
Known or suspected uxoricides
- Roman Emperor Tiberius probably had his second wife, Julia, starved to death in 14 AD, while she was in exile on Pandataria. Their marriage was unhappy, and he had been publicly embarrassed by her adultery years earlier. Her alleged paramour, Sempronius Gracchus, was executed around the same time on Tiberius’s orders.
- In 1994, former football star and actor O.J. Simpson was charged with the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman outside Brown-Simpson's Brentwood, CA condominium. In what the media dubbed "The Trial of the Century", Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of criminal first-degree murder, but was later found liable in a civil wrongful death suit brought by the Goldman family and ordered to pay over $30 million in damages.
- Mariticide - the killing of one's husband
uxoricide in Spanish: Uxoricidio
uxoricide in Italian: Uxoricidio