In Robert Dahl’s essay, Lamb to the Slaughter, the wife kills her husband with a frozen leg of lamb and then destroys the evidence by feeding it to the investigators. In Newark, N.J., 76-year-old Marlene Mackenzie was certainly as creative but not nearly as successful: she killed 80-year-old Robert Mackenzie by throwing a cocktail glass at his head.
Marlene will now be charged with reckless manslaughter — a charge that presumably reflects a heat of passion act since she was not charged with murder. (She was originally charged with aggravated assault). Ultimately, any jail time is likely to be an effective life sentence for a 78-year-old woman.
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