View Full Version : Tylenol Murders

06-04-2001, 11:01 PM
I thought this was covered here but I can't find it in the search.

Does anyone have the SD on the Tylenol murders that occured in Chicago in the early 80s.

Were any suspects found? I know one guy was sent to prison but wasn't he charged with extortion and not the murders?

06-04-2001, 11:07 PM
This website (http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/w/x/wxk116/tylenol/) has all the information you'd ever want to know about the Tylenol murders.
The Tylenol killer has never been caught. Many believe he never will be caught. A somewhat bumbling suspect who attempted to cash in on the unprecedented publicity was arrested and charged with extortion, but not with the murders. The police concluded he was merely an opportunistic extortionist, and could not be the murderer. Although some believed he should have been tried for the murders, too many details and circumstances suggested he could not be the poisoner. James Lewis was released in 1995, after serving 13 years of a 20 year sentence.

06-05-2001, 02:10 AM
There was a woman back then who chose to poison her husband's Tylenol and, who I believe was the actual Tylenol murderer. She bought new bottles of the capsule Tylenol, and placed poison in several, which she gave to her husband, eventually killing him. To cover her tracks, she bought another bottle or two, poisoned one or two pills in both, then secretly returned then to the drugstore shelves at other stores. There were no safety caps or seals like today and after her actions, they were required. Two random victims fell ill and one, I think, died.

She, if I remember right, tried to sue Tylenol makers for killing her husband when his insurance did not release his funds because the investigation had not determined yet if his death was accidental or murder. That drew too much attention to her and eventually, she was caught and convicted.

It was on one of those TV reality shows like Forensic Files some time back, because they went into great detail about tracking down the poison used and where she could have gotten it.

06-05-2001, 06:03 AM
I thought it was a new product they were experimenting with...."enditol" ;)