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    IL - The Tylenol Murders, 1982

    This case has always intrigued me. I was nine when this happened, so I remember it actually happening. A couple of men were arrested as suspects but were let go. No one has been tried or convicted for the murders of these people. What do you guys remember about it? Have any theories or ideas?

    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tylenol_scare"]Chicago Tylenol murders - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
    Last edited by Kimster; 11-09-2011 at 03:27 PM. Reason: prefix

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    well... let's see.. some lone nut (most likely a man):

    1- warehouse worker
    2- someone who was transporting it
    3- customer.

    someone who was either an extreme sociopathic misanthrope and mad at the world, or completely mentally ill. and i guess you'd have to figure out who would be able to get a hold of cyanide....?

    not saying anything new here though. did they ever investigate everyone who was working in the warehouses where the tylenol came from, someone who recently quit, any reports of odd or 'disgruntled' folks?

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    I don't know how many of you know about this but the first man that was arrested confronted the bar owner who turned him in. He brought a gun and was going to kill him and ended up shooting the wrong man, who died. He's now serving a life sentence for the murder.

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    I just used the search term "tainted tylenol" and it brought up several links including some to the "crime library". Don't know if it helps, but it may provide you more information?

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    I always thought this had been solved! Maybe I'm thinking of another tainted OTC medication case.

    That's strange that they never convicted someone for this crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom
    I always thought this had been solved! Maybe I'm thinking of another tainted OTC medication case.

    That's strange that they never convicted someone for this crime.
    You might be thinking of the OTC Excedrin case. In 1986 Stella Nickell's husband Bruce died and was found to have taken cyanide-laced Excedrin. It happened in Seattle. She put 3 more tainted bottles on the store shelves and another woman took some and died too. She was sentenced to 99 years for the crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liz325
    You might be thinking of the OTC Excedrin case. In 1986 Stella Nickell's husband Bruce died and was found to have taken cyanide-laced Excedrin. It happened in Seattle. She put 3 more tainted bottles on the store shelves and another woman took some and died too. She was sentenced to 99 years for the crime.

    I just saw the bottom of your post! YES!!! GO BUCKS!
    Thanks, liz325. That's the case I was thinking of! I guess I can thank these two perps (Stella and ???) for more secure OTC meds. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by liz325
    You might be thinking of the OTC Excedrin case. In 1986 Stella Nickell's husband Bruce died and was found to have taken cyanide-laced Excedrin. It happened in Seattle. She put 3 more tainted bottles on the store shelves and another woman took some and died too. She was sentenced to 99 years for the crime.

    I just saw the bottom of your post! YES!!! GO BUCKS!
    Thanks from me too liz325, that is the case that first came to mind when I saw this thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by liz325
    You might be thinking of the OTC Excedrin case. In 1986 Stella Nickell's husband Bruce died and was found to have taken cyanide-laced Excedrin. It happened in Seattle. She put 3 more tainted bottles on the store shelves and another woman took some and died too. She was sentenced to 99 years for the crime.

    I just saw the bottom of your post! YES!!! GO BUCKS!

    I remember this case, too. Do you remember what mistakes she made that lead police to her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by samhoney
    This case has always intrigued me. I was nine when this happened, so I remember it actually happening. A couple of men were arrested as suspects but were let go. No one has been tried or convicted for the murders of these people. What do you guys remember about it? Have any theories or ideas?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tylenol_scare

    I wonder if the Tylenol Killer was related to one of the victims like in the Stella Nickell case, but the killer was never suspected? If I were to reinvestigate this case, I would take a good look at what all of the victims' family and spouses did after the investigation cooled down. Large insurance policies, affairs, debts, etc..


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    Quote Originally Posted by reb
    well... let's see.. some lone nut (most likely a man):

    1- warehouse worker
    2- someone who was transporting it
    3- customer.
    The only problem I have with a warehouse/manufacturing worker is that the tainted bottles were all found in the same area. I think it would be too big of a coincidence for all the bottles to end up so concentrated and close to each other if they were tampered with during the manufacturing process.

    The other two options seem more likely to me-my bet would be on a customer although there's nothing to say that customer couldn't also be a disgruntled employee.

    I wonder if they considered sabatoge-maybe the competition or someone who worked for the competition thinking people would be too afraid to take Tylenol and the company would tank?

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    Part of the FBI profile on the killer is that he is someone who thinks he is smarter than he actually is. He is someone who talks a big game but actually knows very little about the game. They came to this conclusion after analyzing the pills stuffed with cyanide. They were highly irregular looking--stuffed, bulging, barely could stay together. They pegged him as a man who was very inexperienced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteWolf
    I remember this case, too. Do you remember what mistakes she made that lead police to her?
    WhiteWolf, Yes I vaguely remembered some of her mistakes. After I posted about her here I decided I wanted to read about it again because I had forgotten some of it. Here is the link to a story 48 Hours did on her 5 years ago. I knew there were 2 detectives working on her case and trying to clear her name. In this link, it tells about them and also has Stella "explaining away" all the evidence they had against her. I don't know what ever came of the detectives' investigation or if they are still working on trying to prove she was innocent or not. It's an interesting article.

    http://www.truthinjustice.org/stella.htm

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    Tylenol Case 25 Years Later: Cold Case, Cold Hearts

    There is no statute of limitations for murder in Illinois, nor for victims' pain.

    The families, emergency workers and investigators affected by the Tylenol murders 25 years ago Saturday know that all too well.

    In the three days after Sept. 29, 1982, seven Chicago and suburban residents collapsed and died from cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules. But the cause of the deaths wasn't immediately known.

    Arlington Heights and Elk Grove Village residents helped alert authorities that someone was poisoning Tylenol capsules and placing them on the shelves of grocery and drug stores.

    As the case developed, stores pulled bottles from their shelves across the country. Police used bullhorns along suburban streets to alert residents to the danger. Tylenol announced a complete recall.

    Because people in five different towns died, the largest multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force in Illinois history formed, but ultimately charged nobody. Police in Arlington Heights, Chicago, Elk Grove Village, Lisle, Lombard and Winfield keep the cold case files open to this day.

    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=47109&src=2

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    They had a special on this case on MSNBC this spring or summer. I had to leave as it was starting so unfortuneatly I missed. Anyone elese catch it?

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