220 - Tylenol Man

220 - Tylenol Man

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Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds examine James Lewis and the Tylenol Murders

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I think you're listening to the dollar this is a bi weekly American History podcast each week I read a story from American history to my friend Gareth Reynolds who has no idea what the topic is going to be about as you look at the iPad you had a cheater you have been using an iPad this whole time of the the the night Gary Garrett McKay heart and this is not going to come into the the town all the way to ship the a bunch of religious virgins to mingle and do not re um be next will be this crazy so this this comes at this point oh no no never mind with this woman to this next week yet week from a week in two days from today will be in Seattle on the day after Thanksgiving and twenty fifth and then at the Neptune and then on the six will be in Portland at the Aladdin Theater and then on the twenty seventh Marines Memorial so if you want to see a live dog he can go to the dog park estar com and click on our tour dates and get tickets there also are obvious and just couldn't stand up with Big Bear this weekend cop comedy club also will Anderson will be joining us for those like Christ we should say I'll be at the Hyatt Comedy Store December tenth and eleventh if you have any questions about my dates you can go together throats dot com has there been some changes super profession the the nice fielder Lewis was born in Memphis Tennessee enthusiasm was Lewis who it was a mistake I'm okay Theodore was born in Memphis Tennessee His parents were migrant workers after the Phantom family moved to Waco Texas considering recent history yes his dad is up and bailed on the family ok a few months later theaters mom took off also I don't think that's okay think that's kind of like a race one person ladylike out not like it's like when you hand somebody like an empty beer just so they hold that you don't have to throw it out right like you say a prom anymore without it you're the son of James who's a toddler and his two sisters who are seven nine in the transient motel outside of Joplin Missouri literally the elder is nine yet so the mom left to go seventy nine and a toddler in a transient hotel in Joplin Missouri This is going to work out fine social workers took the kids and immediately split them up we did that to break the fam fam yet the big big brothers agency are placed in charge of Theodore and then a family home with Floyd and Charlotte Lewis because the other's life and arty been a nightmare they decided the best thing to do would be to rename James It's okay people it's not a cap would fit but I'm sure we're doing it with animal is no they're fucking name you can read out cats a cat but a fucking human Jose's changes them since the election of tried true he's no Joe say I I was doing an accent is to come in for my report no hope so James could take a couple guys to carry yeah I mean look it's going to have the heart he's now a situation of Tacoma Fire Department I am not leaving it last through arts the oxygen I'm one James grow close to a chemical plant that makes pluses new guys seven Alvarado I knew mom worked in a sugar factory and and dad's dad was a share Cropper K Jim was on having the best time his cousin quote He was a lot of trouble the very next day boy he always did things that ordinary people would buy and try to give him back to Big Brothers because she couldn't handle him but they wouldn't take him back so his adopted family tried to return him and they were told no yet they're like ah you fuck that I know you took them know you fuck that shit you took the empty beer can house had this for years you could totally fuck this up when taking this nope this is the time the object the time of it we have the receipt yes this is one year we want to trade him in for another voice like that one over there I just want to learn will take to wonder to the cars go by James' mommy loves you when James was twelve his adopted father died ok so it's like he's hitting all the points well not a lot of people get to lose two deaths I I work very lucky the next five years he lived with his adopted mom in a house that had no plumbing or electricity the Fight Club and they choose they are she remarried in nineteen sixty four now a teenager jam pretty much scared the shit that his mom so much so that you started sleeping with a gun under her pillow sets real scared this is why you don't abandon your children in Joplin and die on them and try to give them back family don't adopt the I just really give you away once but school James got good grades played trombone in the marching band and worked on the yearbook things were different home that's where he would lose it is believed that when he was nineteen he chases mother with an axe and was charged with assaulting his step father after he broke several of his ribs he's got a new debt Yangon A member of the cherry married sixty four of the Yeah Yeah right away but wait he's got he doubted that one died she remarried she read To Kill is third at the I have a little respect hey theres a shooting I want my fifty AD so he was having such a hard time that he tried to kill themselves by taking thirty six Anderson tablets he was then committed to Missouri State Mental Hospital in nineteen sixty six and diagnose with catatonic schizophrenia ok so he's he's he's super super Jas was also smart kid loves school he went to the University of Missouri Kansas City there he met LeAnn Miller and they were soon married it was back on track he's back on track oh right back on track the two are social misfits she was a small and plain wore glasses and deferred to Jim in June nineteen sixty nine and a daughter Tori and I who had Down syndrome K and tons of health issues things and things are coming together I I did order the two started working as book keepers for Haley's instant Tax Service they managed their taxes right now they manage the business for two years into James' last issue on the owner the owner wanted to bring home a calculator for the night and James Hogg comment Oh God she may like to scout team and that my calc a OK alright OK but the right Okay okay I'll say OK it's the university will you sleep with that I cling to my calculator I mean I I don't want the calculator in the county job so he was fired for what you see Jane Julie and opened a I'm assuming is fine for going crazy about a calculator ok so they open their own tax service business called Lulu is right when they were there they met became friends with an older man West Ray was also a client was there to comfort them when Tori and died from complications after heart surgery on December ten nineteen seventy four so she was five bail after they talked about all the time they were completely sure she can continue to talk about their daughter and show off or drawings anyone who came in now Ray was a lifelong bachelor who lives with his mother until she died in nineteen seventy seven K Ray was well he helped everybody every Sunday he brought newspapers to the florist guess that's the thing back then they wrapped up flowers on his endeavors to bring him down like fish and chips in England you be would you bring them newspapers are they just use newspaper sub sub shops we have somewhere to muster Jack on July twenty third nineteen seventy eight he told the floor she was feeling sick and went home Ray Ray West in the next A race friend Charles banker could get hold of them and became concerned he Joe Ray's house and found all the doors locked and the car in the crotch no one answered the door the cops came they called James to see if he knew anything in James said Ray gone to the Ozarks for a few days with his girlfriend cop sets out a good that sounded good but it was weird Charles because raid never had a girlfriend move K and if he's going away he would tell everyone so Charles filed a missing person's report two days later you have factories house and found a note written on Lewis and Lewis letterhead know if I please when it was just OK go ahead aye Marty flag has quote raise out of town until Thursday for further information call Jim Giles call the police this time the cops forced their way in everything same seem fine they they also found a note that said it room table said quote Please don't disturb until after one sleeping late Raymond I mean boy I mean there are so many problems I I hail you write that note for you never know case people think of dead just sleeping late I don't know don't know who the chosen mealy said that was not raise writing and he never signed things Raymond then the next that is going to note that like I write these for me the questions about that Raymond chiles then bought new pad locks unlocked all the doors now as it is doing is James drove up to the house got out of his car and ran up yelling What the hell are you doing the right thing Charles explained that is putting on new locks they spoke briefly then Lewis left and drove around the corner and parked behind a delivery truck and watched what was going on super not suspicious behavior incredibly not so shady nothing suspicious about it eventually the literature driveway he just sat there for the five minutes cost of just not go back to Ray's house into August fourteen how long to get the ok so he went missing in July to twenty for us like a mother were three weeks in suppose that's a long time yet when they arrive when Charles Wright he smelled something terrible was there note the spotting the rain in his sixth homer knows there was some slight differences in the bedroom when you've been there before then even she found dried blood now police are looking for a body that because the dry blood because it smelled like a dead body rating under twenty one days it's are they found a lawn chair covered in blood in the basement raise to pay and eyeglasses in a garbage bag they checked the attic because there is a giant blood stain leading up to it that they had somehow missed before lots and there was Ray decompose with both legs severed at the hip joint and tons of blood the evidence showed he had been pulled up into the attic by a harness with a pulley device oh my god the configure the cause of death no wounds not Rama wait they couldn't figure out the clothes night now that happen after used of God what I thought they did find was a five thousand dollar check me out to James that have been withdrawn on the day Ray disappeared like huh it's so fun I forgot the police existed we tease about this guy he's a fuckin true plan a good smart smart does not leave any tracks March hello the name's red red herring James was arrested he made excuses for everything and gave fingerprints and a handwriting sample James said he did not have raised checkbook and then police search his car where they found his checkbook seems pretty open and shut to David along with twenty feet of knotted white rope from which Lee really not as tight rope was what was used on the pulley weird and a black sash a case with pei papers bearing West's name interesting and a note that said I murdered him know James said he did not kill all really didn't know nope nope all the stuff is easily displayed a mold I'm framing the and I was so strange to capital murder but just before the October nineteen seventy nine trial date the prosecutor asked for dismissal of the case James had a very good defense lawyer police and made tons of mistakes arresting James including not reading him his Miranda warning which meant owe all of the evidence gathered and admissible inadmissible and the corner said no cause of death ok James Lear quote is one thing to kill somebody it's nothing to sae member them after they're dead and while discovering somebody after that it is repulsive and repugnant it's not homicide it's my impression he did not do it way there really is no foul play prior to raise debt so the lawyer James lawyer yes says that he doesn't think he killed them but that he did he get out of here take the body apart after after that I mean wow the eye that is the US I mean look he's going to turn the other thing is guilty of is removing the legs and putting him in the attic some other creep kill them boy I mean if the judge was probably like Sorry I'm going to need that one tie for more this is why we hire the saga for that to me I want to read it so then as it loses went back to their county business and I'm sorry that was it this so that they had to jump the case because of not reading this right yeah basically the Fed and other things like chain and it's all fucked up right down to go get my taxes done by that guy who took the legs off and died in murder he's the best they renamed their canning business no legs loose the best that I would go to them I go back to accounting business and then they started other businesses they had a business that started with a pharmacist to import and just real pill making machines that are manufactured in India James like to brag about its international business connections and deals but everything he was involved in was failing Kansas City cops thought James was running a credit fraud enterprise quote he would invent an address pound a mailbox into the ground then pull the box at the ground and move on to the next play so basically he's getting credit with a fake address he's putting a fucking mailbox and some crazy place that looks like there's an edge is there than they deliver the credit card or whatever and then he pulls the mailbox and I mean this is next I I he's using and the best thing ever the bomb on his side now Mona said I mean look if you can expose that flock I think you're allowed to cool graphic edge well let's get the mailbox get out here he's also swinging clients in a land deal bleach police searched his home found evidence and issued a warrant Lewis's then went on the run in their sixty nine Dodge Ram were okay they came up with the aliases Robert and Nancy Richardson and moved into a small apartment in Chicago LeAnn got work as a bookkeeper James just read books and highbrow discussions with neighbors has a fun job quote I thought it was the smartest man I ever spoke to he always talked about money not necessarily having somebody used to go through the financial sections of newspapers all the time and cut small pieces out okay always my person this is we know this guy he's the most annoying on earth yes his is the SEC is spokesperson most annoying man on earth quote It was like he went to the Salvation Army and bought his suits you want to look just have a tie and coat on James always acted like it somewhere to go though all he did was walk in the end to the bustop meter for lunch sometime together office to show or a fancy pen he thought I was super proud of his hand right here is what's that like Eli look at look at that that is unbelievable penmanship that the the the hallway made booze do a disease like this August the ISI cannot give advise on what to write a letter the letter had in mind that is unbelievable you see my handwriting don't walk by this boy again and wish you could read that again or jeering eighty two James got a job at Chicago Tax Service but it didn't go well K the other or find a mistake James and made a tax form and James completely lost his shit hits the spot this calculator too so they are doing temp work ok always fun meanwhile things are not going well at Lin's job the new owner Fred McKay he was blowing and bank accounts for over a drawn in airlines had pulled the agency's ticketing privileges he was using company money to pay his personal bills Lee and quit in April nineteen eighty two but before she did she stay at a stack of blank envelopes with postage from the business meter the postmark was April fifteen ninety two ok that is making sense right now the next week the business was shut down the other given one final checks they all bouts including Lin's last check but Leander James had cashed her check at a currency exchange the currency exchange came asking for the money back the Lewis's became quote agitator oh they were very adamant in their position that they didn't owe the money that they had worked for it and that McKay he was a crook and he should have to pay pay pay the AI the know James is reading law books and he got the rest of the employees together and had them filed complaints with the Illinois Department of Labor wage claim bored with the budget documents they went to the August thirty hearing with all of her coworkers James was the group's spokesman ok he wanted the wage claim officer to look at the skits frantically this year I I love and he wanted the wage for a mobster to look at the owner's personal accounts say want to look at that he's personally share but he can't that's beyond his scope can a person okay James was then told he couldn't speak because he wasn't even an employee and then he wins at the corner and watch and then the ruling went against the employee for the night there was no money in the biz accounts and that's that was the end of James Lee and then got into a screaming match with the owner McKay and the owner threatened LeAnn around this time James got a freelance column published in The Chicago Tribune in July along with this photograph was called a slice of Chicago life is not people watching to cut off some guy's legs and sizes Chicago the best pizza in town by a man the legs from the body admittedly and probably murdered and there is about people watching for ten minutes at state Madison was written in verse one well just evangelist bull horn blasting promises of salvation a one legged man walking proud alone that's awkward one information booth in the middle of the sidewalk ignored one blue and white police car sitting empty windows open how far you getting into this fray like I'm never reading another word Jesus Christ is amazing meanwhile James Lee and paid only fifty dollars to the currency exchange and then full fledged CA go on September third ok time for new names on September fourth using the name's Karen ago the Wagner's Lewis is the Richardson's the Wagner's they bought one way train tickets to New York City where they checked into a shady flea bag hotel in Manhattan again is Robert and Nancy Richards share ninety five per week ok the answer temp work as Nancy Richardson at real estate firm called Abrams banish and Ryker back in the suburbs Chicago on September twenty nine this is quite some time about a month later okay then Chicago A twelve year old Mary Helen woke up with a sore throat she took extra sting Tylenol then collapsed and died Adam Janice twenty seven had a cold and called in sick to work he took two x your strength Tylenol and fell into a coma eleven fifty four a m Mary Reiner twenty seven just had her fourth baby she bought some Tylenol and took it and was soon in the coming thirty one year loans work when she said she's going to the back office take some pain medicine she did collapse all these people are saying that the confused family of Adam and Janice got together that evening at five pm to talk about the arrangements his younger brother and a headache and his wife get in some extra time how he took two and so did she a few minutes later he dropped in the living room as the paramedics took him out she claps they both died the house is pointy and how the two firemen from different stations are on the phone talking about their day when they realize the similarities in the cases they both then looked at their incident reports and living in common was Tylenol please recall that I love from the first girl's home was found in a police station drawer and mares had already grabbed the Tylenol from the home where the three channels that died she thought it was suspicious they are taking the Tylenol a doctor got a poison specialist on the phone who told him to open and smell the bottles they smell like bitter almonds that's with cyanide smells I do what I can remember this year's This eighty two yeah flight attendant palm prints came back from a Vegas flight that night but action Tylenol the store then went home and was murdered by poison she not be found for today's federal state and local law enforcement agents were mobilized this was the first case of deadly random large scale product tampering the Illinois attorney general Tyrone foreigner was the main spokesman he'll press briefings twice a day which is great for him because he's running behind his election quote was on TV every night people who didn't know it was all the sudden dead ago oh the life you what made you know you just are a land mine to tell me to step the that there are hundreds of people are gonna case it was very confusing never was before computers yet imagine a case like this if you're a cop FBI ever is coming in yes and no way to fucking yeah really commune yeah the um some enforcement started withholding information so they could be the one solve the case always good in the less that's the heart in the right place there was as happy as it sounds a difficult relationship between the FBI and the local cops well Dave I mean I think we can all see how that plays out the local cops are there the feds come in they shut him down the small town sheriff all the sun as vendetta is going to be the hero in the end these feds they just make it their heads out on as is the small town guy heart a goal to prove them wrong and perhaps get offered to be an FBI agent at the end of all this and say You know what no I'm happy here but the official slogans are getting Tylenol off store shelves and recalling the bottles Mayor Jane Byrne called for the removal of all Tylenol products from Chicago during a press conference this started a global panic about town Tylenol headquarters like get what God was letting go of vitamin C but having towels makers Johnson Johnson really didn't want to do a recall just if um I uh is it so hard to just as you guys to step on the intake of the what nots that sometimes liked our stay is if it smells like almonds you will be poisoned by the borrower if not the genre finally in the company gave to pressure and offered a hundred thousand dollars reward for info on the kilts the company then set up labs and began a long process of testing capsules for contamination this year's looking do if it had been done by but done to manipulate Johnson Johnson stock they looked into the Puerto Rican terrorist group F A L and J disgruntled employees everywhere on the judging were investigated Advil for the Advil or stay at Miller's shop lifters from stores where the Tylenol were purchased or investigated cars that been ticketed nearby were checked out family members and friends of victims were looked into the surge where where all that they're all coming from Ace one source they don't know they don't know they just know now have they have the lot numbers of the poison capsule how widespread is this this is just the most is okay right okay after the first week they were getting nowhere they really thought some evidence
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