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Encyclopedia > Charles Stuart (murderer)

Charles Stuart was best known for murdering his pregnant wife and inflaming racial tension by blaming a non-existent black suspect.


On Oct. 23, 1989, Charles Stuart, a furrier, and his pregnant wife Carol, a lawyer, got into their car after attending childbirth classes at Brigham & Women's Hospital. According to police, Stuart shot his wife in the head and himself in the stomach, and then called 911 on his cell phone. Carol Stuart died that night, after their son, Christopher, was delivered by cesearean section. He suffered seizures due to oxygen deprivation, and died 17 days later after his father discontinued his life support. Main Entry: fur•ri•er Pronunciation: f&r-E-&r, f&-rE- Function: noun Etymology: alteration of Middle English furrer, from Anglo-French furrere, from Old French forrer to fur -- more at FUR 1 : a fur dealer 2 a : one that dresses furs b : one that makes, repairs, alters, or... This article is about the medical condition. ...


Stuart blamed the crime on a black man. The Boston police aggressively pursued black men, stopping many men (including Boston Celtics guard Dee Brown) without probable cause. They suspected one Willie Bennett, and on December 28, Stuart fingered him out of a lineup. The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


The case against Bennett came to an abrupt close when Stuart's brother, Matthew, identified Charles Stuart as the killer. Stuart had been involved in an affair, and was having financial difficulties. An article was published in the Boston Globe alleging that a $480,000 check was issued to Charles Stuart in payment for a life insurance policy on his wife, but this was later found to be false, as no such check was ever found. On January 4, 1990, he jumped from the Tobin Bridge to his death. Bostons North End and the Tobin Bridge The Maurice J. Tobin Memorial Bridge, operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority, carries U.S. Highway 1 over the Mystic River in Massachusetts between Charlestown and Chelsea. ...


He was portrayed by Ken Olin in the 1990 CBS telefilm Good Night Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston. Ken Olin (born July 30, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor, director and producer. ... This article is about the year. ... CBS (formerly an acronym for Columbia Broadcasting System, the former legal name of the network) is one of the largest television networks, and formerly one of the largest radio networks, in the United States. ... A television movie (also TV movie, TV-movie, made-for-TV movie, etc. ...


External links

  • The Forgotten Victim
  • Bizarro Boston
  • Boston Globe article on William Bennett, ten years later

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