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Police Say Woman Killed 6 Relatives Over 14 Years

Woman in India was motivated by greed, police say

(Newser) - India has been transfixed by a case involving an alleged serial killer with an incongruous name. Police say Jolly Thomas, 47, has admitted poisoning six relatives with cyanide over a 14-year period, the Guardian reports. She was present at the deaths of all six victims, who had consumed food or... More »

EPA Makes Contentious Decision on 'Cyanide Bombs'

Trump administration reauthorizes M-44 traps to kill predator wildlife

(Newser) - The Environmental Protection Agency has just reupped authorization of a controversial device designed to protect livestock from predators, but which critics call a "safety menace" against other animals and humans. CBS News reports the EPA has given the green light for the USDA's Wildlife Services, as well as... More »

Woman Connected Illnesses to Her Husband's Coffee

Brian Kozlowski of Michigan sentenced after video showed poisoning

(Newser) - A woman living near Detroit noticed that the days she felt tired and ill coincided with the days her husband made her coffee. So she hid cameras in the kitchen. When she watched the video, she moved out. Brian Kozlowski, 46, pleaded guilty to poisoning his wife's coffee and... More »

'Unexplained Phone Call' Raises Eyebrows in Skripal Case

Authorities say 2 Russian suspects may have received a 'signal'

(Newser) - The poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal just slathered another layer of mystery on. The Guardian reports Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin, the two Russians suspected of attacking the father and daughter in Salisbury, England, in March 2018 with a Novichok nerve agent, may have had some off-site assistance. Investigators... More »

Doctor Accused of Poisoning 24 Patients

Anesthesiologist Frederic Pechier is accused in France

(Newser) - A French doctor is accused of poisoning two dozen surgery patients—nine of whom died—in order to make himself look good. Anesthesiologist Frederic Pechier, charged in seven poisonings in 2017, is now suspected in 17 new cases in which patients at two private clinics in Besançon went into... More »

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

Elle Weissman, 43, was arrested in Salt Lake City

(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,... More »

Maryland Can't Figure Out Who Is Killing Bald Eagles

Wildlife officials think someone is killing them by accident

(Newser) - Wildlife authorities in Maryland are trying to stop the person who is killing bald eagles—unintentionally. So far this year, seven bald eagles and a great horned owl have been killed along the Eastern Shore by poison, and others were sickened, reports CNN . Sound familiar? Something similar happened in 2016... More »

Engineer Allegedly Spent Year Trying to Kill Colleague

Investigators allege David Xu put cadmium in her food, water

(Newser) - A chemical engineer in California spent more than a year trying to kill a colleague by poisoning her food and water with "toxic amounts of cadmium," prosecutors say. David Xu, 32, is being held without bail on charges including premeditated attempted murder resulting in great bodily injury and... More »

Man Gets Life for Poisoning Co-Workers' Sandwiches

German man found guilty of attempted murder

(Newser) - A German man has been sentenced to life in prison for poisoning his co-workers' sandwiches with mercury and other substances over several years, leaving one in a coma and two others with serious kidney damage. A judge at the regional court in Bielefeld, about 205 miles west of Berlin, found... More »

Europe Strikes Back Over Poisoning of Ex-Russian Agent

The European Union slaps sanctions on four Russians

(Newser) - The European Union retaliated with sanctions Monday over the poisoning of an ex-Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain, CNN reports. The sanctions target four members of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency: officers Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov—who were accused of carrying out the 2018 nerve-agent... More »

Novelist's Insane Poisoning Tale Isn't From Her Books

Sherrilyn Kenyon describes broken bones, shattered teeth in lawsuit against her husband

(Newser) - You'd be forgiven for assuming Sherrilyn Kenyon's tale about a conspiracy and poisoning comes from one of the fantasy author's best-selling novels. It instead makes up a lawsuit brought by Kenyon against her husband, whom she accuses of conspiring with his assistant to poison her over three... More »

He Thought His Wine Had Gone Bad. It Was Much More Sinister

Long Island man's estranged wife, Renee Burke, charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - Long Island man Matthew Burke thought a bottle of wine had gone bad Sept. 6 when he took a sip and spat it out, prosecutors say. But the next day, his 4-year-old son told a babysitter: "Mommy put something in Daddy's drink." Prosecutors say his estranged wife,... More »

Alleged Poisoner Had 'Good Strategy' to Duck Charges

Seems Yukai Yang nearly got out of the US

(Newser) - Seems Yukai Yang had a solution to his problem: Get the heck outta Dodge. The former Lehigh University student, charged with trying to poison his roommate , has been accused of trying to flee the US while authorities investigated him, ABC 7 reports. County prosecutors in Pennsylvania say the Chinese national... More »

Chemistry Major Accused of Poisoning Roommate

Lehigh student was hospitalized with thallium poisoning

(Newser) - Lehigh University student Juwal Royal thought he had a "cordial" relationship with Yukai Yang, his roommate of four years. But for months, prosecutors say, Yang was trying to kill him. Yang, a chemistry major from China, faces charges including attempted murder and aggravated assault for allegedly putting the chemical... More »

After 15 Years, Sculptor Finds Source of Illness: Her Own Art

Gillian Genser worked with mussel shells, ended up with heavy-metal poisoning

(Newser) - Gillian Genser is a Canadian sculptor who works only with natural materials, and in Toronto Life magazine, she recounts her own personal medical mystery. About 20 years ago, she began suffering debilitating symptoms such as constant headaches, frequent vomiting, aching muscles, and cramped hands. Specialists couldn't figure it out.... More »

Intel Firm: Here's News on the 2nd Poisoning Suspect

Bellingcat says Alexander Petrov is really a doctor-spy

(Newser) - One of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is a trained doctor who works for Russian military intelligence and traveled to Britain under an alias, investigative group Bellingcat reported Monday. Bellingcat says on its website that the man British authorities identified as Alexander Petrov is... More »

German Doctors: Pussy Riot Poisoning 'Highly Plausible'

Pyotr Verzilov is expected to recover

(Newser) - German doctors treating a member of Russian protest group Pussy Riot said Tuesday that claims he was poisoned are "highly plausible," but stressed they can't say how this might have occurred or who was responsible, the AP reports. Pyotr Verzilov has been receiving intensive care since arriving... More »

Severely Ill Pussy Riot Member 'Poisoned for Political Reasons'

Pyotr Verzilov is being flown to Berlin

(Newser) - A member of Russia's Pussy Riot protest group says a severely ill fellow activist was being taken to Germany on Saturday for treatment after his suspected poisoning. Maria Alekhina tells the AP that Pyotr Verzilov was being flown to Berlin, but she did not give details. Independent news site... More »

Meal After Man's Wake Kills at Least 8

More are sickened in Peru

(Newser) - At least eight people who attended a man's wake have died after eating contaminated food at the service in Peru, reports the BBC . Dozens more remain sick, and Reuters actually has the death toll at 10. The culprit is a meat stew served at the wake in the San... More »

'Hero' Dog Saved Humans. One Allegedly Killed It

Poisoning suspected in death of rescue dog Kaos

(Newser) - "Keep up your work up there, keep looking for the missing and saving lives." It's an unusual message for a deceased dog, but an appropriate one for Kaos, a German shepherd credited with helping find survivors buried in Italy following a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that killed nearly... More »

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