I remember when this happened. I didn’t know that the murderer had never been caught, though. My excuse is that I was in middle school so I’m lucky that I paid attention to anything. However, didn’t this case lead to a new way of packaging so that it was easier to see if medicines had been tampered with?
Thirty-one years ago today, on September 29, 1982, a 12-year-old girl named Mary Kellerman, who lived in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, died after taking a single capsule of the popular pain reliever drug Tylenol. Within a few days, six more people in the Chicago area were dead, including Stanley and Teresa Janus of Lisle, Illinois–Stanley’s brother Adam was also among the dead–who had swallowed Tylenol capsules from the same bottle. Within a week, the Johnson & Johnson company, maker of Tylenol, had recalled tens of millions of bottles of the pills, costing the company over $100 million. There were no more deaths, but the damage had already been done–seven people dead, all from poisoning by potassium cyanide, an especially ugly and horrible death. Whoever poisoned the Tylenol bottles in the Chicago area was never caught.
More than three decades later the Tylenol murder case remains one of the most baffling…
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