Louis Marvin Payne

Murder in the name of honor

newspaper collage of Louis Payne murder

The marriage of Louis and Frances Payne (above) ended in bloodshed when Louis found his wife in bed with another man. During his murder trial in 1928, Payne cited the so-called “unwritten law”as a defense.

On August 31, 1928, a husband returned home unexpectedly to find his wife in bed with a male houseguest. He shot them both, killing the woman and critically injuring the lodger.

Then the story gets weird.