In 1945, a man named Edward Morse confessed to vandalizing nine paintings in the Yale Art Gallery in New Haven and the Peabody Museum in Cambridge. Morse, later an inmate of the Middletown State Hospital, confessed that he’d attacked the works - all portraits - because the faces of the subjects resembled persons who had come to his home when he was a young boy and threatened to harm his mother.

Christopher Schreck