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Frank Lloyd Wright (pictured above, second photo) is considered by many to be the greatest architect who ever lived but he scandalized society when he took up with a mistress by the name of Mamah Borthwick (pictured above).

BLACK AX MURDERER:

Julian Carelton (pictured above) was employed at the home of Frank Lloyd Wright and his mistress Mamah Borthwick. He was a servant and  was often overheard complaining-that he was underpaid and often disrespected.  Carelton was cold and distant towards other servants and he discouraged friendships.  He was often seen eating alone with a crazed look in his eyes. He would eventually descend into madness.

On 15 August 1914, Frank Lloyd Wright was at his office in Chicago. 140 miles away, at their home in Wisconsin, his mistress, Mamah Borthwick-Cheney, sat down to lunch with her two children. In another room were six of Wright’s staff – tradesmen and studio workers.

After serving the meals, Carleton quietly bolted the doors and windows, poured gasoline around the outside of the house, and set it on fire. As the house began to burn, he took a hatchet and attacked and murdered Mamah and her children – she was killed where she sat.

He then went after the workmen. Herbert Fritz and Billy Weston, they escaped by smashing through a window. Four others tried to escape, by crawling out of the lower half of a dutch door, Carelton greeted them with a ax and proceeded to decapitate them, one by one.

Carleton would be found dead, he had committed suicide by drinking hydrochloric acid.

Fritz and Weston were the only survivors.

At his office, Wright received a phone call telling him only that there had been a fire but when he arrived at the train station he learned the full story from waiting reporters.

The brutal murders were the final tragic act in a story of adultery and intrigue that had scandalized polite society for the previous five years. Wright was grief-stricken but refused to be defeated – he vowed to rebuild Taliesin and he did but he never got over the death of Mamah.

 

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