William, Tell

William S. BurroughOn this date in 1951, The Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs shot and accidentally killed Joan Vollmer, his common-law wife. The tragedy occurred in Mexico during a drug and alcohol-fueled party. Burroughs reportedly told Vollmer that it was time for their “William Tell act.” Vollmer obliged by placing a highball glass on her head. Burroughs aimed and shot low, killing Vollmer almost instantly.

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