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Frank Lloyd Wright: Murder At The Taliesin

The murders surrounding Frank Lloyd Wright and his home in Wisconsin Taliesin.

Wisconsin in August the closing of summer, getting ready for the winter months that are ahead. Mr. Wright is in Chicago preparing to build yet another great architectural wonder. One can only presume the days events on August 15th 1914, the fact is 7 lives will be lost forever. The Taliesin a beautiful home nestled on the brow of a hill. The name Taliesin in welsh meaning “Radiant Brow” the Welsh heritage taking us back to times of old. The Taliesin was built in Wisconsin a land that the Welsh Ancestors started settling decades earlier. The ancestors of Frank Lloyd Wright, thus you have the name Taliesin.

The sun starting to set the work day coming to a close. The family and friends of Mr.Wright prepared for dinner. Julian Carlton a hired servant and his wife a cook preparing the evening meal. One can only wonder the thoughts, the reasons why 7 people would have to die. The 9 men, women and children sat down for an evening meal the meal that would be their last supper. The group sat in 2 separate rooms as Julian Carlton served dinner he turned to ask Mr. Weston for some gas as he claimed there was a stain on the carpet.

Frank Lloyd Wright leaving 6 children and his wife to be with Mrs. Mamah Borthwick. they travel Europe and settle in Wisconsin to build the Taliesin. Life is good the community has more or less accepted the fact that Mr. Wright and Mrs. Borthwick were unwed. The fact that at that era of time a woman was considered to be a mans property. The fact that Mrs. Borthwick was married to another did not phase the Mr. Wright.

Julian Carlton locked all the doors and started pouring gasoline. Through the cracks and splashing gas everywhere one can only imagine the horror that would follow. The house was going up in flames like an inferno so quick, so hot. There was no where to run as Mr.Fritz jumped through a window only to see Julian wielding an Ax. Laying in shock as he watched Mr. Brodelle come crashing out the same window only to meet Julian. Wm. Weston followed Mr. Brodelle almost simultaneously Carlton striking Mr. Weston with the axe.

Mr. Weston getting and running for his life with Carlton chasing is struck again, falling down. Falling down is what saved his life Carlton turning heads back to finish his killing any other survivors. Mr. Weston getting up disoriented runs, finding David Lindblom on fire. Helping Mr. Lindbolm they run and are able to escape, telephoning for help. Seven people lay dead, the Taliesin burned but not destroyed.

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  1. ------------------------

    On June 6, 2007 at 4:11 pm


    your grammar is horrible

  2. Anonymous

    On August 12, 2007 at 3:03 pm


    Childish writing with awful sentence structure. It seems more meant to be sensational than factual.

  3. seena

    On January 19, 2008 at 3:00 pm


    this was helpful on my paper for school

  4. polly

    On January 22, 2008 at 5:35 am


    The writer’s fadts are accurate; alas, the writer’s grammar is not.

  5. polly

    On January 22, 2008 at 5:37 am


    And my spelling is not so accurate either!

  6. jkofliv

    On February 19, 2008 at 11:19 pm


    i was hoping for some insight as to what happened. at this point, i am more confused than ever. did the writer of this article make it through the elementary school?

  7. hhjjhjh

    On May 27, 2008 at 9:09 am


    cool article

  8. arthur van keogh

    On May 27, 2008 at 9:15 am


    the facts here are extremely accurate but you write like you are in 1st grade. this story should be made into a movie, called The Taliesin Massacre.

  9. Soladad

    On July 19, 2008 at 11:57 am


    The facts are there the story just wasn’t finished. No one is sure about why Carlton did it. They found him near the house after supposedly swallowing acid which damanged his mouth and throat. He never talked after that and never went to trial. He died 7 weeks later from starvation. So no there is no insight as to why it happened only guesses.

    As far as his structure. If you wanted perfection (close to it) you could have searched an Encyclopedia.

  10. Starr

    On July 19, 2008 at 11:59 pm


    Did anyone ask Mr. Carlton’s wife, the cook, why he snapped?

  11. bcw

    On September 3, 2008 at 10:56 pm


    Read “Loving Frank”- well written, begins early 1900’s and is told from point of view of Mamah Borthwick. A very good read!

  12. The Strick

    On September 7, 2008 at 3:41 pm


    Please! Learn how to construct a sentence before making me read one. Nice info however. Is the witness(victim) account factual? I’d like to read your resource.

  13. Paulo Gouveia

    On September 22, 2008 at 6:49 am


    “… the fact is 7 lives will be lost forever…”

    How can a live not be forever lost?
    I mean, I really want to know how!

    Can I die just for a week or so?????

  14. av8rnut

    On October 5, 2008 at 11:13 am


    I was looking for a brief summary on the Taliesin murders, I found what I was looking for. It’s a piece of history that intrigues me to read and research more of FLW, as we’re in the process of building a home and using many of FLW’s ideas.

  15. hayros

    On October 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm


    what was that horrible get your facts straight

  16. tomas

    On October 24, 2008 at 8:42 am


    Who “wood butcher” an article such as this. This is badly written. Is the author a seventh grader?

    Hey woody, take an “intro to creative writing” class. Then read the book, “Death in a prarie house” by william R. drennan

  17. Joseph Weston

    On December 28, 2008 at 11:32 am


    The facts are accurate. I am William Weston’s great grandson, and I have researched this event extensively. My great uncle, Ernest, was at Taliesin with his father that day, and was one of those who died. He was 13. Later on, my great uncle Marcus (also William’s son) studied under Mr. Wright at Taliesin and was responsible for several of the additions to the house proper as well as some of the out-buildings.

  18. hpfrk

    On January 12, 2009 at 11:41 am


    your facts are wrong. It happened on August 16 not August 15. Get it right

  19. Linda

    On February 15, 2009 at 1:17 pm


    I learned more from your comments than I did from the article.

  20. LeeAnne

    On February 18, 2009 at 4:08 pm


    Why are you all so mean, so what if you didn’t think it was written well…do you have to be so rude? Ever heard of CONSTRUCTIVE criticism?

  21. Francois Etienne

    On February 20, 2009 at 11:06 am


    One can only imagine two possiblities: mental illness or retaliatory actions due to mistreatment or overwork of his wife working in the household or possible sexual harassment of her.

  22. Francois Etienne

    On February 20, 2009 at 11:11 am


    But, to continue, due to the fact that Carlton’s wife was found hiding after the murders dressed in her Sunday best clothes, would indicate that, being the cook, she was tipping out on the side with one of the men at dinner. This must have infuriated her husband to see the hypocrisy of those married men and him slaving around the house all day making racial remarks and degrading him. Seems like country justice.

  23. Janus

    On March 10, 2009 at 6:57 am


    The writing style is unusual, and while many here have rudely and naively complained about stylistic and grammatical ‘errors’, I find that the idiosyncratic style is extremely effective in conveying the disjointed and disturbed train of events that occurred.

  24. thewordbaron

    On March 24, 2009 at 12:49 am


    dude – your writing sucks.

  25. kris smith

    On March 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm


    Do you need a proof-reader?

  26. nici

    On April 26, 2009 at 3:12 am


    I agree with Januses comment that not all writings need follow all the rules of grammar; sometimes a unique style gets the point across more effectively, but I don’t think this article was meant to be “disjointed and disturbed” by the author. I think he just can’t write. It’s like he ate a bunch of sentences and then just spit them out on the screen. I did not find this article helpful at all.

  27. sdd

    On May 21, 2009 at 9:28 pm


    Well, I just read the book anf found it extremely interesting, that much, that start searching for more information, this guys info is accurate, at lest he put attention to what it happened. I’m not a english native, and I want to write a book, I know I have a lot of grammar and orthographic errors, but I want to say a lot, at least this guy is not scared of writing and being criticized, he’s got guts!

  28. Athole Harvey

    On June 1, 2009 at 7:51 pm


    I have to agree that the writing is abysmal, and the sequence of events as described in this account is questionable, but it is an interesting item. Perhaps other readers would be interested in the book “The Women,” by T.C.Boyle. This carefully researched volume, while “fictionalized” in terms of conversational detail etc, provides a fascinating account of F.L.W., his work, his passion and his love(s).

  29. James

    On June 16, 2009 at 9:50 am


    This article makes it sound like Weston and Lindbolm were the two that survived, but it was Weston and Fritz.

    I find it strange that all the men were jumping out windows and seemingly made no attempt to save Mamah and the children – Mr. Weston even abandoning his own child to save his own skin.

    I have some doubts that Julian Carlton was responsible. Would a person intent on burning a group of people to death ask permission to use the gas?

  30. Victor Martinez

    On June 19, 2009 at 3:56 pm


    Grammar is important. There is no kind way to put it. The article has a lot of errors. These aren’t superficial, arbitrary requirements; it has to do with logic. The language, and more importantly, intellectual precision in this country have to be preserved. Sorry. You shouldn’t dare put something out like that without someone looking over it. I appreciate the article,nonetheless. It’s interesting.

  31. Tom

    On June 26, 2009 at 2:55 pm


    Janus wrote:
    “#23 by Janus, Mar 10, 2009
    The writing style is unusual, and while many here have rudely and naively complained about stylistic and grammatical ‘errors’, I find that the idiosyncratic style is extremely effective in conveying the disjointed and disturbed train of events that occurred.”

    …and perhaps Julian Carlton was just trying to chop some wood and light a fire in the fireplace. I don’t get the impression that this writing style was intentional. The Frank Lloyd Wright of prose he is not.

  32. wendy

    On August 30, 2009 at 8:57 pm


    Ok, so it is clear this was NOT written by someone who speaks English fluently, it’s not grammar, it is a fair attempt at writing in English.

    You need to read more in English, then you will see how people actually write in English. I feel for you, as I am trying to get the hang of French, apart from making the “facts” known. There is a lot of nuance to language, and it takes a very long time to become fluent in a natural sense. You MUST read and listen to native speakers to really get it.

    Good luck.

  33. zomBilly

    On April 13, 2010 at 4:22 am


    Inelegantly judging the quality of one’s communication, is a last ditch effort in critiquing ones thought.

  34. Miture Binesderti

    On August 31, 2010 at 9:24 pm


    Inelegantly judging the quality of another’s critic is ironic.

    The writing is terrible. It is jilting. There is no flow. It is staccato. There are attempts at color but they are disconnected. Premises are never…

    And before I am accused of the same; irony requires a lack of knowledge in what one is doing.

  35. d

    On December 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm


    I could care less about grammar when discussing a tragic event such as the one that happened at Taliesin. I can’t believe that is what many of the comments above are about…I just read the book, Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. It’s a fictional novel based on the lives of real people and real places. It mostly captures the affair between Frank and Mamah. Even though I do not appreciate the glorification of Frank and Mamah’s affair, it captures the feelings that two people madly in love and in sync with each other have. I highly recommend this book. The ending is tragic and will leave you breathless. I would’ve loved to have conversation with Mamah over a cup of coffee…what a remarkable woman.

  36. vitas

    On December 27, 2010 at 2:45 am


    I agree the writing is atrocious. It is the main focus because a person spends half their time reading it trying to decipher what the writer is attempting to say. It is distracting. However, I feel bad for the children. Mamah\’s and the other one that was abandoned and left to die. A mishap while trying to light a fireplace does not constitute people being hacked to death. Though I too find it vexing that Carlton would “ask” to use the gas when his intent is on killing.

  37. Tina D

    On December 30, 2010 at 7:33 pm


    Just finished reading The Women by TC Boyle – gives the whole story leading up to and including the murders. great book. SHould have been made into a movie. Written as a novel but is factual.

  38. jessicaarcher

    On January 3, 2011 at 11:11 am


    This is informative Despite the lack of proper grammar…You just don’t quite understand whats going on here, I had to read it 2 or 3 times to figure out what was going on…There should be comma’s and period’s in certain places…making the story seem like it runs together..Im in no way an english teacher, But I would suggest proof reading next time you write…

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