Crime Arizona newspaper owner says he was poisoned with rat toxin

00:36  08 december  2017
00:36  08 december  2017 Source:   FOX News

Police: Retiree made ricin, tested it on neighbors

  Police: Retiree made ricin, tested it on neighbors MONTPELIER, Vt. — A retirement community resident made ricin and tested the deadly toxin on her neighbors by putting it on their food or in beverages over a period of weeks, investigators said.Betty Miller told an FBI agent that she wanted to "injure herself" and was testing the poison's effectiveness on other residents at the Wake Robin senior living facility, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Thursday.Police were called to the senior community in Shelburne on Tuesday after Miller told heath care providers she had manufactured the ricin and placed it on other residents' food and beverages, the agent said in the complaint.

The co- owner of an Arizona newspaper says he was poisoned last year with a chemical found in a rat toxin , and he thinks he knows who did it -- but he has no idea why. Joseph Soldwedel, 65, the co- owner of the Daily Courier, a paper based in Prescott, Ariz., said he was poisoned with lethal

The co- owner of an Arizona newspaper says he was poisoned last year with a chemical found in a rat toxin , and he thinks he knows who did it -- but he has no idea why.

a close up of a man: Joseph Soldwedel said he was poisoned with thallium last year. © Provided by Fox News Joseph Soldwedel said he was poisoned with thallium last year.

The co-owner of an Arizona newspaper says he was poisoned last year with a chemical found in a rat toxin, and he thinks he knows who did it -- but he has no idea why.

Joseph Soldwedel, 65, the co-owner of The Daily Courier, a paper based in Prescott, Arizona, said he was poisoned with lethal doses of thallium, a heavy metal commonly found in rat poison, the Arizona Republic reported.

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It was not immediately clear if Soldwedel was targeted and poisoned intentionally. Prescott police confirmed they were investigating the case as a criminal matter. Dave Fuller of the Prescott Police Department said no arrests had been made, but he would not say if authorities had any suspects.

Judge considers whether ricin suspect should remain detained

  Judge considers whether ricin suspect should remain detained A federal judge on Wednesday will consider whether a woman accused of manufacturing ricin and testing the deadly toxin on fellow residents of a senior living facility in Vermont should continue to be detained.Betty Miller, 70, was taken into custody last week after telling investigators that she made the ricin because she wanted to "injure herself" and had tested the poison's effectiveness on other residents, authorities said.The Health Department said it became aware of one person who likely became ill with ricin poisoning, but said no one is currently ill.

The co- owner of an Arizona newspaper says he was poisoned last year with a chemical found in a rat toxin , and he thinks he knows who did it — but he has no idea why. Joseph Soldwedel, 65, the co- owner of The Daily Courier, a paper based in Prescott, Arizona , said he was poisoned with

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Soldwedel told his media outlet last week he has an idea who may have poisoned him or was behind the poisoning. He did not elaborate further on the possible suspect, but said his son, daughter and sister were not involved.

Dr. Ernest P. Chiodo, a forensic toxicology expert, told The Daily Courier that Soldwedel had “elevated levels” of thallium in his system, and said humans should not have any level of the chemical in their body.

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The lab results discovered that thallium levels in the newspaper co-owner’s body were 15 times higher than normal. Soldwedel had the high levels in his body between Nov. 29 and Dec. 27, 2016.

He also had high levels of lithium, aluminum, barium and zinc.

Chiodo said it was possible Soldwedel was poisoned and called on police to investigate.

“It is serious enough that I think someone with police powers has to investigate this,” Chiodo said. “There is enough suspicion, given the finding of these levels.”

Since 1984, the U.S. has not produced thallium, but it was widely available for import. Thallium poisoning symptoms included headaches, vomiting and nausea. 

The Daily Courier declined to comment for this article.

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