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Police: Arsonist Says Wife He Killed Was Voodoo Priestess



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    Patrick Antoine has been charged with the murder of his wife.

    The husband of a pregnant mother who died after a house fire in Norwich has been charged with murder and admitted to stabbing his wife and setting their apartment on fire, according to police. 

    The grim discovery of an unresponsive 8-months-pregnant Margarette Mady, 37, with severe burns and several stab wounds at 283-285 Franklin St. prompted a criminal investigation by Norwich Police, officials said.

    Norwich fire officials said it "appears" like the fire was set intentionally. 

    Patrick Antoine, 39, turned himself in to police at 10:49 a.m. on Thursday following the fire and told officers he had stabbed his wife to death and then set their apartment ablaze, Norwich Police said. 

    He told police he thought his wife was a Voodoo priestess who wanted to kill him.

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    Mady, who family members said was expecting her third child, was found unconscious in the burning home and police said she was pronounced dead at the scene.

    No one else was in the house when crews arrived.

    It appears the fire began in a bedroom and extended to the second floor. 

    Antoine is being charged with murder and first-degree arson and bond was set at $1 million.