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The man who is cut in half by the swinging ax is Rufus Wilmot Griswold. In real life, upon Poe's death, Griswold wrote an unfavorable obituary for Poe which was first published in the October 9, 1849 issue of the New York Tribune. Additionally Griswold wrote a biographical article about Poe painting him as a depraved, drunk, drug-addled madman. Writers Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare wrote Griswold's fictional death scene as revenge.