Murder in Mexico

Did you know that Beat writer William S. Burroughs shot his wife Joan Vollmer in 1951?  One afternoon, while staying in Mexico, Burroughs and Vollmer, both notoriously heavy drinkers and drug users, attended a party with their then 4 year old son.  According to police reports, Burroughs admittedly said "it's time for our William Tell act."  Vollmer then got up and put a glass on her head as Burroughs aimed his .38 caliber pistol.  He shot, missed the glass, then hit her head.  She died instantly.  When commenting on the incident years later, Burroughs would say, "Shoot the bitch and write a book, that's what I did."  



The image of William S. Burroughs is by illustrator and graphic novelist Charles Burns.