This is a story, not of love gone wrong, not of love at all, not of infidelity, not of a broken or bad marriage. This is about the way men terrorize women and girls.
Millie Hall, 3, pictured above, was recently drugged with narcotics, then suffocated to death by her “father,” who used a rag soaked in chloroform to take her life and who is now on trial for murder. Her murderer, Gavin Hall, 33, was angry with Millie’s mother for having had sex with another man.
Two days prior to murdering his daughter, Hall killed two of the three family cats with chloroform, then hid them in the house. He was a radiographer with access to chloroform. Please also note he was a white male professional. There was nothing unusual about him, he wasn’t a derelict, he wasn’t a bum, he wasn’t mentally ill, he was a successful, gainfully employed, middle class white guy.
Prior to and shortly after killing the family kitties, then murdering Millie, he wrote letters and messages to all sorts of people. He sent Millie’s mom a message which said, “I loved you. ..I’ve dealt with your deceit for two months, now you have the rest of your life to deal with the consequences.”
After Millie was dead he wrote to her mom: “Millie sends her love. She died at 3.32am. She didn’t suffer, my pills and the chloroform saw to that. Myself, I expect to suffer, I deserve it. Love till death us do part I said and this is what I meant.”
Hall intended to kill himself but failed, probably because he was discovered by Millie’s mom, who was a nurse and treated him when she found him in the living room bleeding from various cuts he’d inflicted on himself. Prior to killing Millie and attempting to kill himself, he had written to his mother, “I loved (my wife) so much I couldn’t entertain the idea of being without her…Sorry about Millie, needed the company.”
To Millie’s baby sister he wrote, “I couldn’t take you from your mum, she needs you now and you need her in the same way that I have Millie and Millie needs me.”
After he killed Millie, he got the dead kitties out from where he’d hidden them and laid them next to her body.
Hall had forced his wife to let him read through her computer exchanges with the man she’d had sex with after he’d learned of the encounters. Before forcing her to let him read, he had smashed her cell phone.
salty submitted this newspaper story as a comment, but it needs its own post, I think. I was going to simply paste excerpts of the newspaper article, but decided against it because of the way the writer obfuscated and masked what was clearly pure male terrorism and brutality. This man? He loved nobody — nobody — but himself. He wanted his wife for himself. She was, in his mind, his possession, as was his daughter, as were the two kitties he killed. In his mind, he owned them all. When Millie’s mom acted in her own self-interest by going outside of her marriage for sex with another man, this man’s ownership was threatened, and his response was to murder an innocent girl baby, innocent cats, then to blame it all on Millie’s mom.
He is asking for a ruling of manslaughter on the basis of diminished capacity rather than murder. Right. You write your mother, your wife, your boss and your daughter threatening and horrifying letters. You kill two kitties two days ahead of the day you’ve chosen to kill your daughter. You then go downstairs while your wife is sleeping and you drug a little baby girl. You then suffocate her until she dies. If that isn’t premeditated murder, what is?
All of this because twice your wife had sex with someone besides you. She didn’t even divorce you. She hadn’t even separated from you (though based on what I read she should have. You were abusive, manipulative and violating. She was probably afraid you’d do something like what you did.)
This isn’t a story of an “affair,” and no details should be introduced which make it any such story. This isn’t a story about a heartbroken man, either. This is a story about the way men terrorize women who refuse to be owned by them. It is a story about the way so many men “love” their wives and their daughters.