Writer Stabbed Estranged Wife 222 Times

HuffPo blogger Carol Anne Burger killed gay partner, then herself
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 30, 2008 10:15 AM CDT
Carol Anne Burger had been tasked with writing about the elections for the Huffington Post.   (Huffington Post)

(Newser) – On Oct. 22, one day after last blogging about the election for the Huffington Post, writer Carol Anne Burger fatally stabbed her estranged gay spouse 222 times with a screwdriver, the Palm Beach Post reports; Burger committed suicide 2 days later. Burger and Jessica Kalish, a software executive, had been married in Massachusetts in 2005, the Sun-Sentinel says. Both were in their 50s. Friends said the breakup, a year ago, had been painful, and Kalish had gotten involved with another woman.

Police said Burger killed Kalish in the garage of the Boynton Beach, Fla., home they still shared, stuffing her body into the back seat of her BMW and leaving the car behind a medical office. Burger took pains to clean up the murder scene, but shot herself in the head before police could question her. A chemical agent that makes blood traces fluoresce under ultraviolet light showed a "tremendous amount of blood" in the garage and "Burger's glowing sneaker prints."