John Halton

April 29, 1893
Ironosa, Texas, United States

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date April 29, 1893
Location(s) Ironosa, Texas, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 8

John Halton (also reported as Joseph Halson) was an American who reportedly killed his wife and seven children half a mile from Ironosa, near San Augustine, Texas, United States on April 29, 1893. Halton, who had been insane for several years, afterwards shot himself in his home.[1][2][3][4][5]

According to the reports in The Galveston Daily News about the incident these stories are without foundation. While it is true that Halton, who had been in a state of dementia for seven months, locked himself in his home, and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun, his wife and seven children became alarmed about his behaviour and fled the scene. Initially their whereabouts were unknown, probably giving rise to the suspicion that they may have been dead as well, but they were found unharmed a while later.[6][7]


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