Mariticide (from Latin maritus "married" + -cide, from caedere "to cut, to kill") literally means the murder of one's married partner, but has become most associated with the murder of a husband by his wife, as the reverse is given the name uxoricide.

Notable instances


  • Laodice I allegedly poisoned her husband Antiochus II Theos of the Seleucid dynasty around 246 BC.
  • Heather Osland drugged and had her son kill her husband in 1991, creating a test case for the 'battered woman syndrome' defense in Australia.
  • Katherine Knight murdered her de facto husband by stabbing him, then skinned him and attempted to feed pieces of his body to his children. She was sentenced to life in prison, but her rejected appeal said that the sentence was too severe for the crime.
  • In 1991, Pamela Smart had her husband murdered by a student of hers. Though the student committed the murder, the courts ruled that Smart had been guilty of mariticide due to her influence on the young man and her convincing manner to get him to carry out the act.



  • In a particular episode of Family Guy, Peter Griffin has a fantasy of murdering Lois while she lectures him about the irrelevance of money.
  • In Final Fantasy X, Lady Yunalesca, a Summoner and the daughter of Yu Yevon, sacrificed her husband to gain the powers of the Final Aeon.


See also

  • Uxoricide, the practice of killing one's wife
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