Fatal Love: Spousal Killers, Law, and Punishment in the Late by Victor Uribe-Uran

By Victor Uribe-Uran

One evening in December 1800, within the far away undertaking outpost of San Antonio in northern Mexico, Eulalia Californio and her lover Primo plotted the homicide of her abusive husband. whereas the sufferer was once slumbering, Prio and his brother tied a rope round Juan Californio's neck. considered one of them sat on his physique whereas the opposite pulled at the rope and the girl, grabbing her husband by means of the legs, pulled within the wrong way. After Juan Californio suffocated, Eulalia ran to the undertaking and stated that her husband had choked whereas chewing tobacco. Suspicious, the undertaking clergymen pronounced the crime to the professionals answerable for the closest presidio.

For historians, spousal murders are major for what they exhibit approximately social and relatives historical past, particularly the hidden heritage of daily gender family members, conflicts, crimes, and punishments. Fatal Love examines this phenomenon within the past due colonial Spanish Atlantic, targeting incidents taking place in New Spain (colonial Mexico), New Granada (colonial Colombia), and Spain from the 1740s to the 1820s. within the greater than two hundred circumstances consulted, it considers not just the social gains of the murders, but in addition the criminal discourses and judicial practices guiding the old remedy of spousal murders, aiding us comprehend the ancient intersection of family violence, deepest and state/church patriarchy, and the law.

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