HAVERHILL — "I killed my wife," said a man holding a large carving knife dripping with blood.
"Put the knife down. Put the knife down," a police officer ordered, while pointing his handgun at the man.
That is what Tim Allen said he witnessed in the hallway of his apartment building moments after screams awakened him from a nap at 3 p.m. yesterday.
Allen said the screams were coming from an upstairs apartment rented by a couple from Nevada, who moved in two months ago.
"I never heard a woman scream like that," Allen said. "It sounded like she was screaming for her life."
Police said they received a 911 call at 3:07 p.m. yesterday. Officers raced to 107 Chestnut St. and then upstairs to a second-floor apartment, where they found Christina Mulgrave, 45, stabbed several times. Police arrested her husband, Craig Mulgrave, 33, and have charged him with her slaying.
Stephen O'Connell, spokesman for the district attorney's office, said Christina Mulgrave made the 911 call to police. Haverhill police Sgt. John Arahovites said her voice was "frantic," and she screamed, "I am being stabbed.'' Then silence.
"It was one of the worst examples of domestic violence you could possibly have,'' Arahovites said. "The 911 call was horrific and the scene was horrific. It was a very tragic event.''
He said he was unaware of past calls for police to the apartment.
Paramedics rushed Christina Mulgrave to Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, where she died a short time later, police said.
"It appears to be a case of domestic violence,'' Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said.
Craig Mulgrave was held overnight in the Haverhill police station. He was scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Haverhill District Court.
O'Connell said the Mulgraves moved to Haverhill in December. They have been together for two years and lived in Las Vegas prior to moving to Haverhill, he said.