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Andrew Day
Andrew Day
Background information
Born ca, 1890
Penalty Found to be insane
Attack information
Date December 15/16, 1929
Location(s) Trois-Rivières, Canada
Target(s) Family
Killed 8
Weapon(s) Axe

Andrew Day was a Canadian who killed his wife and seven sons in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada during the night from December 15 to December 16, 1929.[1][2][3][4][5]

Day had a brother named Thomas and married Agatha Coughlin from Milltown, New Brunswick. At the time of the murders he and his family had been inhabitants of Trois-Rivières for about four years, where they lived in a house on 13 Laurier Street. He was described by neighbours as a quiet and peaceful man and worked at a local pulp and paper company, earning about ten dollars a day, however, in 1929 he lost all savings on the stock exchange and was unable to sleep for six or seven days in the time leading up to the killings.[6][7][8]

During the aforementioned night Day grabbed an axe and killed his pregnant wife and seven sons, aged one to fourteen years, in their sleep by hacking their throats. None of them offered any resistance. In the early hours he cut his own throat with a razor, left his home, and wandered about the streets, until he approached a policeman and revealed his wound, stating that he had murdered his family and injured himself. The 39-year-old was brought to the police station, where he confessed again to the murders, and then taken in serious condition to a hospital for treatment, where appeared depressed.[6][7][8]

When police entered the Day home they found the murder weapon and the entire house splattered with blood. Mrs. Day was discoverd lying alone in her bed, while the bodies of the children were in their beds in two other rooms.[6][7]

Day's trial started on March 13, 1930 where he entered a plea of not guilty and on March 19 he was declared mentally unfit to stand trial, whereupon he was confined to a mental institution pending the pleasure of the Lieutenant-Governor.[9][10][11]

[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27]

VictimsEdit

  • Agatha Coughlin Day, 40, his wife
  • Jimmy Day, 13, his son
  • Billy Day, 8, his son
  • Freddy Day, 7, his son
  • Andrew Day, 6, his son
  • Emmett Day, 3, his son
  • Daniel Day, his son
  • Peter Day, his son

ReferencesEdit

  1. Eight in family killed by father, The Washington Post (December 17, 1929)
  2. Market loser slays his wife and 7 sons, The New York Times (December 17, 1929)
  3. Mother and 7 Children Are Found With Throats Cut, The Gettysburg Times (December 16, 1929)
  4. Confesses killing wife and seven small children, The Lewiston Daily Sun (December 17, 1929)
  5. Kills entire family, Orange County Independent (December 19, 1929)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Slays wife, 7 children with an axe, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix (December 16, 1929)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Kills his wife and 7 children in their beds, The Ottawa Evening Citizen (December 16, 1929)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Self-confessed slayer improves, The Calgary Herald (December 17, 1929)
  9. Plea of not guilty entered by A. Day, The Montreal Gazette (March 14, 1930)
  10. Day is declared insane, The Montreal Gazette (March 20, 1929)
  11. Unfit for trial, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix (March 20, 1930)
  12. Slayer improving, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix (December 17, 1929)
  13. Crimes similaires, traitement différent , [[Wikipedia:|]] ()
  14. Le massacre de la rue Laurier, [[Wikipedia:|]] ()
  15. L’affaire Andrew Day et l’église St-Philippe, [[Wikipedia:|]] ()
  16. L’affaire Andrew Day ranime de vieux souvenirs, [[Wikipedia:|]] ()
  17. Il y a 85 ans, Andrew Day tuait sa femme et ses sept enfants à Trois-Rivières, [[Wikipedia:|]] ()
  18. Andrew Day tue sa femme et ses 7 enfants à Trois-Rivières, La Patrie (December 19, 1929)
  19. Les médecins espèrent sauver la vie de Day, La Patrie (December 17, 1929)
  20. Day tue sa femme et ses 7 enfants à Trois-Rivières, La Patrie (December 16, 1929)
  21. Funerailles de Mme Day et de ses sept enfants aujourd'hui, La Patrie (December 18, 1929)
  22. Deux parentes ont visite Andew Day, La Patrie (December 20, 1929)
  23. Deux parentes ont visite Andew Day, La Patrie (December 26, 1929)
  24. Le proces d'Andrew Day est commence aux Trois-Rivieres, La Patrie (March 14, 1930)
  25. Apres son horrible crime, Day tenta en vain de se suicider, La Patrie (March 15, 1930)
  26. A. Day etait un epoux modele, un excellent pere de famille, La Patrie (March 18, 1930)
  27. Day etait hante par l'idee de se debarrasser de sa famille, La Patrie (March 19, 1930)

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