Husband of slain Stamford woman returns home to scene of grisly murder
STAMFORD — His face marked with bruises and a black eye, Allen Claxton has returned to his Westover home, where police said his wife was found dead this week — the victim of the city’s second homicide in the past month.
Wearing an open shirt revealing ligature marks on his neck, the 75-year-old man opened the door to his Tudor-style home Thursday morning, but said he was advised to not speak about his wife’s death.
Claxton said he plans to claim his wife’s body from the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, who determined Wednesday that Eden Claxton’s death was a homicide caused by her throat being slit.
Allen Claxton, who speaks with a British accent, said he plans to hold a funeral in his wife’s memory, but has not yet thought about a date for the service.
Claxton’s return to his Hycliff Terrace home after spending several days in the hospital has some of his neighbors feeling uneasy.
Marika McLaughlin, who lives next door, said she had difficulty explaining her neighbor’s death to her young children.
“Now that he is home, I say to the kids it was an accident and she went up there — to heaven,” McLaughlin said, pointing to the sky.
Eden Claxton, 74, was found dead in her home Monday morning after police said her husband called 911 around 8:30 a.m., reporting his wife was covered in blood and not breathing.
Police said Allen Claxton was home with his wife when she died, but they have not yet said if he is a suspect in the homicide.
Capt. Richard Conklin said police investigators have been questioning Claxton and have received a “certain level of cooperation” from him. Police have called the homicide an “isolated incident.”
“We are doing a clear and concise investigation and committing a lot of resources and effort to this and moving this investigation as quickly as possible,” Conklin said Thursday.
Neighbors said Claxton returned home Wednesday afternoon and police remained there for some time.
“I’m a little concerned, but then again, I don’t see him as a violent man,” said Dean Godown, who has lived on Hycliff Terrace for more than 40 years. “I’m really not worried. I’m concerned, but not afraid. He is genuinely a nice guy, which makes it all the more bizarre.”
Trish Watson, who lives at the other end of Hycliff Terrace on the cul-de-sac, remembered speaking to Eden Claxton a few weeks ago about getting together for dinner. Watson said they used to see each other regularly at neighborhood functions and other social engagements, but have lost touch in the past decade.
She remembered how she often saw the Claxtons gardening together in front of their home.
“We are reeling,” she said. “It is so unusual to even see a cop car up here.”
The homicide was Stamford’s second in recent weeks after not having one for 18 months. A funeral was held Thursday for Antonio Robinson, 18, who was shot and killed May 31 under an Interstate 95 bridge on the city’s West Side. No arrests have been made in the case, but police said they have made progress in the investigation.