Typewriters and Mug Shots: The Top 10 Literary Outlaws

8. William S. Burroughs

What is it about brash male novelists and their second wives? Burroughs shot and killed his common-law wife, Joan Vollmer, in 1951 after a night of heavy drinking. The author attempted to shoot a highball glass off of Joan’s head…and missed. Read 97 Things You Didn’t Know About William S. Burroughs for more details.