Edward O'Neil

September 11, 1846
Overton County, Tennessee, United States

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date September 11, 1846
Location(s) Overton County, Tennessee, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 6
Weapon(s) Arson

Edward O'Neil was an American who killed his wife and five of his children in Overton County, Tennessee, United States on September 11, 1846. O'Neil, who reportedly was a drunkard, afterwards set his house on fire and perished in the flames. A 16-year-old daughter escaped the murders.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


  1. Horrible, The Long-Islander (October 16, 1846)
  2. Murder and suicide, Public Ledger (October 13, 1846)
  3. Another Tragedy, The Banner (October 21, 1846)
  4. Domestic Compend. - Tennessee, Green-Mountain Freeman (October 22, 1846)
  5. Dickinson, S. N.: The Boston Almanac for the Year 1847; Boston, 1847. (p. 43)
  6. Horton, John Theodore, et al.: History of northwestern New York - Erie, Niagara, Wyoming, Genesee and Orleans Counties, Vol. 1; Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1947. (p. 127)

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