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Cops: Woman Gave Boyfriend Drano to Induce 'Eternal Sleep'

Elle Weissman, 43, was arrested in Salt Lake City
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2019 5:10 PM CDT
Elle Weissman, 43.   (Salt Lake City Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Utah police say a woman tricked her boyfriend into drinking Drano in the hope it would kill him—and then, oddly, she took him to a hospital. Elle Weissman, 43, was arrested in Salt Lake City on Tuesday on charges of attempted murder and surreptitious administration of a certain substance, ABC News reports. According to a jail booking report, Weissman gave her 50-year-old live-in boyfriend "a spoonful of Drano" when he was "partially asleep" and believed it was medicine. Weissman said she hoped "he would go into eternal sleep," per the report. "Elle stated that by eternal sleep she meant death."

But when her boyfriend experienced horrific pain, Weissman contacted a ride service and took him to urgent care, KSL.com reports. He remains hospitalized while Weissman is behind bars at Salt Lake County Jail on $100,000 bond. No motive has yet been revealed. (In other poisoning news, poisoned sausages are falling from the sky in Australia and an engineer allegedly spent a year trying to kill his colleague.)

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