Murder (See also Assassination, Infanticide, Patricide.) Allusions, Definition, Citation, Reference, Information - Allusion to Murder (See also Assassination, Infanticide, Patricide.)

  1. Abimelech slew his 70 brothers to become ruler. [O.T.: Judges 9:5]
  2. Barnwell, George noble motives cause him to murder uncle. [Br. Lit.: The London Merchant; Barnhart, 695]
  3. Beaumont, Jeremiah kills the man who had seduced his wife; he is murdered by an enemy and his wife kills herself. [Am. Lit.: Warren World Enough and Time in Magill II, 1160]
  4. Bluebeard closets away bodies of former wives. [Fr. Fairy Tale: Harvey, 97–98]
  5. Bluebeard (Henri Désiré Landru, 1869–1922) executed for murders of ten women (1915–18). [Fr. Hist.: EB (1972), XIII, 661
  6. Boston Strangler (Albert De Salvo, 1932—) strangled thirteen women between 1962 and 1964. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
  7. Busiris murders predecessor to gain Egyptian throne. [Gk. Myth: Avery, 231]
  8. Cain jealous, slays Abel. [O.T.: Genesis 4:8]
  9. Cenci, Beatrice with brothers, arranges murder of cruel father. [Br. Lit.: The Cenci]
  10. Claudius murders brother to gain throne. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
  11. Danaides slew husbands on wedding night. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 74]
  12. Donatello throws Miriam’s persecutor over cliff to death. [Am. Lit.: The Marble Faun]
  13. Donegild killed by Alla for abandoning his wife and son at sea. [Br. Lit.: Canterbury Tales, “Man of Law’s Tale”]
  14. Franceschini, Count brutally murders his estranged young wife and her parents. [Br. Poetry: Browning The Ring and the Book]
  15. Gilligan, Amy Archer poisons 48 elderly people in nursing homes. [Am. Hist.: Elizabeth S. Baxter Newington; Am. Drama: Kesselring Arsenic and Old Lace]
  16. Griffiths, Clyde young social climber lets his pregnant mistress drown in a boating accident and is convicted of murder. [Am. Lit.: An American Tragedy in Hart, 30]
  17. Hagen stabs Siegfried in back; kills Gunther. [Ger. Opera: Wagner, Götterdämmerung, Westerman, 245]
  18. Hines, Doc kills Joe’s father; lets mother die in childbirth. [Am. Lit.: Light in August]
  19. Ibbetson, Peter a confessed murderer, yet a sensitive, romantic man. [Br. Lit.: Peter Ibbetson, Magill I, 736–738]
  20. In Cold Blood nonfiction novel about a brutal, senseless murder in Kansas. [Am. Lit.: In Cold Blood]
  21. Injun Joe stabs town doctor to death. [Am. Lit.: Tom Sawyer]
  22. Ixion first murderer of a relative in classical mythology. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 142; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
  23. Jack the Ripper killed and disemboweled 9 London prostitutes (1888–1889). [Br. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 463]
  24. Julian, St. mistakenly kills his parents in their sleep. [Fr. Lit.: Flaubert “The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaler”]
  25. Kenilworth intrigue in the court of Elizabeth I. [Br. Lit.: Scott Kenilworth in Magill I, 469]
  26. M motion picture about a child-murderer hunted down by organized criminal element. [Ger. Cinema: Halliwell]
  27. Macbeth became king of Scotland through a series of ruthless murders, but was ultimately slain by his enemy, Macduff. [Br. Lit.: Shakespeare Macbeth]
  28. Medea murdered her two children. [Gk. Lit.: Century Classical, 684–685]
  29. Michele murders wife’s lover; hides body under cloak. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, The Cloak, Westerman, 362–363]
  30. Modo fiend presiding over homicide. [Br. Lit.: King Lear]
  31. Mordred, Sir illegitimate son and treacherous killer of Arthur. [Br. Lit.: Le Morte d’Arthur]
  32. Orestes commits matricide to avenge father’s honor. [Gk. Lit.: Electra]
  33. Othello believing false evidence of Desdemona’s infidelity, he strangles her. [Br. Lit.: Shakespeare Othello]
  34. Ourang-Outang brutally kills a mother and her daughter. [Am. Lit.: Poe The Murders in the Rue Morgue]
  35. Porgy murders Crown, who tried to take Bess. [Am. Opera: Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, Westerman, 556]
  36. Raskolnikov plans and carries out the murder of an old woman pawnbroker. [Russ. Lit.: Crime and Punishment]
  37. Rogêt, Marie girl assaulted and murdered, her corpse thrown into the Seine. Am. Lit.: Poe The Mystery of Marie Rogêt]
  38. Rudge murders master and gardener. [Br. Lit.: Barnaby Rudge]
  39. Sikes, Bill hanged for killing of Nancy. [Br. Lit.: Oliver Twist]
  40. Smith, George Joseph dispatched wives and lovers in bathtubs in 1910s. [Br. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 274]
  41. Spandrell cynic opposed to fascist Everard Webley attacks and kills him, then commits suicide. [Br. Lit.: Huxley Point Counter Point in Magill I, 760]
  42. Sparafucile his killing of Gilda fulfills curse against Rigoletto. [Ital. Opera: Verdi, Rigoletto, Westerman, 300]
  43. Thuggee religious devotion to Kali involves human strangulation. [Indian Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1080]
  44. Tyrrel, James at the king’s behest, arranges the deaths of two young princes in the Tower. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare Richard III]