|Death: ||Mar. 26, 1920|
A Yale Medical School graduate and Civil War veteran, Dr. Minor vacationed in England after his discharge, hoping to relieve the paranoia and delusions which had haunted him in his military service (during which he may have branded apprehended deserters). On the morning of February 17, 1871, he shot and killed a brewery stoker named George Merrett, and after trial went to the Asylum For The Criminally Insane, Broadmoor. There he painted, played flute, and amazingly enough, befriended his victim's widow, donating money to her and her seven children. Circa 1880 he answered a call for contributors printed by Dr. James Murray, mastermind of what eventually became the Oxford English Dictionary. Dr. Minor, from his two-room cell lined with books and periodicals, contributed voluminously to the O.E.D. starting in 1885, although in December 1902, he performed a gruesome act of self-mutilation with a pen knife entrusted to him for paper-cutting, and found his literary efforts somewhat curtailed. Accompanied by his brother Alfred, he sailed for the U.S. in 1910, spending several years, at St. Elizabeth's hospital in Washington D.C., and his last years at the Retreat hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, near the rest of his family. Simon Winchester's study of Minor, Murray, and the O.E.D., "The Professor And The Madman," appeared in 1999.
Cause of death: complications from pneumonia
New Haven County
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Record added: Jun 18, 2000
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