FBI Searches Home of Tylenol Killings Suspect

Case of seven deaths in 1982 poisoning remains unsolved
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2009 3:37 PM CST
This file photo shows James W. Lewis in Boston after being released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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(Newser) – FBI agents are searching the former residence of a suspect in the deaths of seven people who took cyanide-laced Tylenol in 1982, the Boston Globe reports. The case has never been solved, and agents say they are reviewing all related evidence. James W. Lewis lived in the Boston-area apartment after serving a 12-year prison sentence for extortion—he  demanded $1 million from the drug's makers "to stop the killing" but was never charged with the deaths.

"This review was prompted, in part, by the recent 25th anniversary of this crime and the resulting publicity," said an FBI statement. "Further, given the many recent advances in forensic technology, it was only natural that a second look be taken at the case and recovered evidence."