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Woman Acquitted of Lacing Coffee With Viagra

Factory cleaner claimed she was 'set up'

(Newser) - A woman accused of spiking her colleagues' coffee with Viagra was found not guilty Thursday after claiming she was "set up." Karen Beale, 62, was arrested in September 2018 after she was secretly recorded using gloves to handle a jar of Nescafé at a factory in Dover, England,...

Man Falls Ill After Scammer Tells Wife to Get Rid of Him

Roxanne Doucette, 64, investigated for attempted murder in Massachusetts

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman is suspected of serving her husband poisoned soup based on text messages she sent to a scammer, whom she thought to be a soap opera star. Roxanne Doucette, 64, is being investigated on suspicion of attempted murder, according to a Townsend Police incident report. Her 73-year-old husband...

A Massive Inheritance, Then an Alleged Murder

North Dakota woman accused of poisoning longtime boyfriend in scheme to get millions

(Newser) - Authorities say a North Dakota woman used antifreeze to fatally poison her boyfriend of 10 years in the hopes that she could then claim half of his inheritance. Ina Thea Kenoyer, 47, has been charged with murdering Steven Edward Riley Jr., 51, the New York Times reports. At her first...

Poison Specialist Allegedly Killed Wife With Poison

Pharmacist Betty Bowman, 32, died in August

(Newser) - A poison specialist and former medical resident at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is charged with fatally poisoning his wife, a 32-year-old pharmacist who died days after she went to a hospital on Aug. 16 with stomach distress. Authorities say Connor Bowman, 30, tried to stop the autopsy on his wife,...

After Fatal Mushroom Meal, Cook Calls It an Accident

Australia's Erin Patterson gives her account to police after 3 deaths

(Newser) - The woman who cooked a meal with mushrooms that killed three people and nearly a fourth has given her first account to police, and she insists it was all a terrible accident. "I really want to repeat that I had absolutely no reason to hurt these people, whom I...

Wife Arrested After Husband Thought Coffee Tasted Funny

Melody Felicano Johnson of Tucson is accused of trying to poison him

(Newser) - The husband thought his coffee tasted weird. And now the wife is charged with attempted murder. Melody Felicano Johnson of Tucson, 39, is accused of trying to kill her husband by poisoning his coffee, reports AZFamily . Roby Johnson told police he first detected something off about his coffee in March...

Diet Is Especially Critical for Wagner Boss, Biden Suggests

Putin has been accused of poisonings in the past

(Newser) - President Biden conceded in Helsinki on Thursday that he knows nothing about where Wagner Group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin is now, the state of his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, or his chances of living a long life. But Biden knows a straight line when he hears one. Asked during...

Prosecutors: Dentist Who Killed Wife Laced Her Protein Shakes

Dentist James Craig is accused of using arsenic, cyanide to kill wife

(Newser) - Investigators say a Colorado dentist accused of killing his wife researched how to poison her and get away with it, searching online for answers to questions like "is arsenic detectable in autopsy?" On Wednesday, prosecutors are set to present their evidence against James Craig to a judge to show...

Suspect in Tylenol Poisonings Is Dead at 76

James Lewis always adamantly denied involvement in the 1982 deaths

(Newser) - The suspect in the 1982 Tylenol poisonings that killed seven people in the Chicago area, triggered a nationwide panic, and led to an overhaul in the safety of over-the-counter medication packaging, has died, police said on Monday. The AP reports that officers, firefighters, and EMTs responding to a report of...

Mom Held in Spouse's Murder Told Cops: 'I Just Want This Over'

Utah woman accused of poisoning husband wrote letter to authorities about her finances, marriage

(Newser) - A mom who wrote a children's book about dealing with the grief of losing loved ones, penned after her own husband died, is now accused of killing him and she'll be sitting in jail for the duration of her trial. Kouri Richins, 33, was denied bail during a...

2 Russian Exiles May Have Been Poisoned Abroad

Germany is investigating pair of cases at forum organized by a Kremlin critic

(Newser) - It's become a familiar tale among critics of the Kremlin: Two more may have been poisoned in Germany. Police there have opened an investigation after two women became ill while attending a forum in Berlin last month organized by Russia critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, reports Reuters . One is Natalia Arno,...

Wife in Poisoned Husband Case Drilled Into His Safe After He Died: Authorities

Kouri Richins also took out $2M in life insurance policies on him

(Newser) - The Utah mother of three accused of fatally poisoning her husband with fentanyl in his cocktail took out nearly $2 million in life insurance policies on him between 2015 and 2017 without his knowledge, according to newly amended court documents. The documents also allege that in 2020, Eric Richins discovered...

A Day After Husband's Death, She Was Found 'Celebrating'

Utah's Kouri Richins allegedly gave a lethal dose of fentanyl to husband Eric

(Newser) - A woman who wrote a book to help children deal with the grief of losing a loved one has been charged with killing the father of her three children on the last of several alleged attempts to poison him over years. Kouri Richins, 33, told police she found husband Eric...

Elderly Couple Fried Up Some Fish for Lunch. Both Died
Elderly Couple Fried Up Some
Fish for Lunch. Both Died
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Elderly Couple Fried Up Some Fish for Lunch. Both Died

Daughter is now demanding stricter laws in Malaysia around toxic puffer fish

(Newser) - A woman has sent up a red flag and is now lobbying for stronger laws in Malaysia around the sale of a toxic fish after her elderly parents ate some of it for lunch and died. Authorities in the state of Johor say that Lim Siew Guan and her husband,...

Alexei Navalny Sick With Possible Slow Poisoning

Spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said a mystery stomach illness afflicts the opposition leader

(Newser) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is in a maximum-security prison and in just two weeks' time has lost 18 pounds, reports Reuters . Spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said Navalny is suffering from a mystery ailment that could be a slow-acting poison. In a series of tweets , Yarmysh said that when Navalny asks...

Woman Charged With Poisoning Husband's Tea With Drain Cleaner

Yue 'Emily' Yu indicted, faces 8 years behind bars

(Newser) - The California dermatologist suspected of poisoning her husband with drain cleaner has been indicted, Orange County officials announced Wednesday. Yue "Emily" Yu, 45, was arrested last summer and released on bail. Her husband of a decade noticed his tea started tasting odd, and installed cameras in the kitchen to...

Wife Found Guilty of Murdering Husband via Poisoned Cookies

Australian woman convicted of 2020 murder

(Newser) - An Australian woman was convicted this month of fatally poisoning her husband in 2020 by lacing his lemon cookies with sleeping pills. Rebecca Payne lived with her husband Noel in the state of Victoria, and the now-43-year-old told authorities he was abusive toward her. In an episode of A Current ...

Cops: Colorado Dentist Fatally Poisoned Wife

James Craig brought her to hospital Wednesday, per police; her condition quickly went downhill

(Newser) - On Wednesday, a Colorado man drove his wife to a local hospital after she'd complained of dizziness and bad headaches, according to Aurora police. The 43-year-old woman went downhill from there, ended up in the ICU on a ventilator, and soon was declared medically brain dead, per KDVR . Now,...

3 Dogs Die in 'Act of Terror' at Race

Poisoned meatballs were placed near start of French canicross race

(Newser) - Canicross, a sport in which people run or cycle while attached to their dogs, has been hit by what one federation calls an "act of terror." Three dogs died Sunday morning after eating poisoned meatballs that had been placed near the starting point of the second round of...

Crisis Over Suspected Poisoning of Iran Girls Grows

More than 50 schools around the nation are investigating incidents

(Newser) - A crisis over suspected poisonings targeting Iranian schoolgirls escalated Sunday as authorities acknowledged over 50 schools were struck in a wave of possible cases. The poisonings have spread further fear among parents as Tehran has faced months of unrest It remains unclear who or what is responsible since the alleged...

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