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I just killed a pig

By David Helwig
Thursday, May 06, 2004

The story of local axe-murderer Angelina Napolitano, and of the made-for-TV drama being made about her story, are featured in this morning's edition of the National Post.

Napolitano, considered the first woman in Canada to use the battered-woman syndrome defence in a murder case, exclaimed "I just killed a pig," after axing her husband Pietro to death in the bedroom of their James Street home on Easter Sunday, 1911.

He was a violent abuser who had previously slashed his spouse's face, shoulder, chest and arms with a pocket knife and had threatened to kill Angelina unless she became a prostitute to help pay the bills.

Toronto-based Platinum Image Films is due to start filming here next month.

The filmmaker is still trying to find information about Angelina Napolitano's little-known later years.

To read what the National Post's Michael Friscolanti is saying about us this morning, please click here.

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