Deadly Wives: Lucille Miller killed her husband, Gordon “Cork” Miller, because she lost interest in him and wanted a different lifestyle; Sentenced to life in prison, but released after 7 years


Gordon Cork Miller
Gordon “Cork” Miller

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Circle of evidence
Wife Charged With Murder In Fire Death
12 Are Chosen in Murder Case
Woman Guilty Of Murder In First Degree
Jury Convicts Pregnant Wife of Murder
Her Marriage Ends In An Inferno
A Mother’s Crime
The People of the State of California v Lucille Miller 1966 (conviction affirmed)
Rereading the Landscape of an Essay by Joan Didion

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays

Lucille Miller
Lucille Miller

4 Responses

  1. What do you think about this case, Bonnie? Was this an actual homocide, perpetrated by Lucille Miller? I respect your opinion.
    I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read any Joan Didion. When I first saw the title (of the book containing a short story about this case), I thought it sounded like Joyce Carol Oates. Her “novelized” works about real people (“Blonde”, “Where Have You Going, Where Have You Been?” and “Dark Water”) are excellent.


    • This is one I am unsure of. I could not find how the car went up in flames (meaning was there an accelorant). If so, no one mentioned that she smelled like gasoline. It seems like the public just took it for granite that she was guilty. Her daughter did not say how she felt either way. I do not know if she was guilty or not, but I am not sure I could have convicted her.


  2. ***ETA (“Blonde”, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, and “Dark Water”, among others)


  3. my thought is if and when she broke the window, why not just unlock the door and pull him out?


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