Case 118

The Chicago Tylenol Murders

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Case 118

The Chicago Tylenol Murders

Back at Northwest Community Hospital, Doctor Thomas Kim was getting ready to leave work for the day when a nurse informed him that the Janus family were being brought back in. Doctor Kim presumed something must have happened to Adam’s parents, as they had been weak with distress over the unexpected death of their son that afternoon.

The nurse explained: “No, it’s his brother.” Doctor Kim had met Stanley Janus earlier that day and was surprised to hear that the healthy six-foot tall young man had suddenly fallen ill, presuming he must have just fainted from grief. The nurse informed him: “They are doing C.P.R – and they are working on his wife too.”

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched by Milly Raso and Anonymous Host

Episode written by Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

The Tylenol Mafia – Scott Bartz

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

The People v. Arnold – Appellate Court of Illinois: 1985

United States of America v. James William Lewis – Court of Appeals decision: 1986

 

ARTICLES:

How firefighters discovered Tylenol link – UPI

Coincidence may have saved several lives in Tylenol case – Washington Post

Poisoning is traced to stores – The Washington Post

Tylenol slayings remain unsolved – The New York Times

Neighbour says Lewis had banking system know-how – UPI

Wanted on extortion charges – The Washington Post

Settlement reached in Tylenol suit – Chicago Tribune

Tylenol’s maker shows how to respond to crisis – The Washington Post

Feds convinced Lewis was Tylenol Killer – The Boston Channel

Fatal tampering case is renewed – Boston.com

Law enforcement to review Tylenol murders – CNN

Friend: Tylenol suspect submits DNA, fingerprints – Boston.com

2D tainted bottle of Tylenol found by investigators – The New York Times

Cyanide death called a homicide – Chicago Tribune

Victim’s family thinks about all the things she missed after leaving behind 2 young sons – The Chicago Tribune

How the Tylenol murders of 1982 changed the way we consume medication – PBS

A brief history of the Tylenol poisonings – TIME

Chicago Tylenol Murders: the first domestic terror incident – Chicago Magazine

A bitter pill – Chicago Reader

Murder by Tylenol – Vice

 

ARCHIVED ARTICLES:

Chicago Tribune

2 firemen tied drug to deaths – Oct 1 1982

Red-and-white pills deadly roulette game – Oct 1 1982

Antidote to sniffles results in a tragedy – Oct 1 1982

Living in the Tylenol killer’s shadow – Oct 26 1982

The Hunt – Oct 2 1983

 

The Times

Somewhere…we have a madman – Oct 10 1982

 

Arizona Republic

Camera records cyanide victim’s deadly purchase – Oct 20, 1982

 

The Dispatch

Revenge put ‘Tylenol Kid’ in prison – Oct 3 1996

 

Detroit Free Press

1 year later, Tylenol deaths a mystery – Sept 28 1983

 

PHOTOGRAPHS:

1982 Surveillance Video Still of Paula Prince purchasing the poisoned Tylenol capsules. Police believe the unidentified man in the top right of the image may be her killer

 

OTHER SOURCES:

5 Crisis Management Truths from the Tylenol Murders – MissionMode

James Lewis website

 

 

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Back at Northwest Community Hospital, Doctor Thomas Kim was getting ready to leave work for the day when a nurse informed him that the Janus family were being brought back in. Doctor Kim presumed something must have happened to Adam’s parents, as they had been weak with distress over the unexpected death of their son that afternoon.

The nurse explained: “No, it’s his brother.” Doctor Kim had met Stanley Janus earlier that day and was surprised to hear that the healthy six-foot tall young man had suddenly fallen ill, presuming he must have just fainted from grief. The nurse informed him: “They are doing C.P.R – and they are working on his wife too.”

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched by Milly Raso and Anonymous Host

Episode written by Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

The Tylenol Mafia – Scott Bartz

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

The People v. Arnold – Appellate Court of Illinois: 1985

United States of America v. James William Lewis – Court of Appeals decision: 1986

 

ARTICLES:

How firefighters discovered Tylenol link – UPI

Coincidence may have saved several lives in Tylenol case – Washington Post

Poisoning is traced to stores – The Washington Post

Tylenol slayings remain unsolved – The New York Times

Neighbour says Lewis had banking system know-how – UPI

Wanted on extortion charges – The Washington Post

Settlement reached in Tylenol suit – Chicago Tribune

Tylenol’s maker shows how to respond to crisis – The Washington Post

Feds convinced Lewis was Tylenol Killer – The Boston Channel

Fatal tampering case is renewed – Boston.com

Law enforcement to review Tylenol murders – CNN

Friend: Tylenol suspect submits DNA, fingerprints – Boston.com

2D tainted bottle of Tylenol found by investigators – The New York Times

Cyanide death called a homicide – Chicago Tribune

Victim’s family thinks about all the things she missed after leaving behind 2 young sons – The Chicago Tribune

How the Tylenol murders of 1982 changed the way we consume medication – PBS

A brief history of the Tylenol poisonings – TIME

Chicago Tylenol Murders: the first domestic terror incident – Chicago Magazine

A bitter pill – Chicago Reader

Murder by Tylenol – Vice

 

ARCHIVED ARTICLES:

Chicago Tribune

2 firemen tied drug to deaths – Oct 1 1982

Red-and-white pills deadly roulette game – Oct 1 1982

Antidote to sniffles results in a tragedy – Oct 1 1982

Living in the Tylenol killer’s shadow – Oct 26 1982

The Hunt – Oct 2 1983

 

The Times

Somewhere…we have a madman – Oct 10 1982

 

Arizona Republic

Camera records cyanide victim’s deadly purchase – Oct 20, 1982

 

The Dispatch

Revenge put ‘Tylenol Kid’ in prison – Oct 3 1996

 

Detroit Free Press

1 year later, Tylenol deaths a mystery – Sept 28 1983

 

PHOTOGRAPHS:

1982 Surveillance Video Still of Paula Prince purchasing the poisoned Tylenol capsules. Police believe the unidentified man in the top right of the image may be her killer

 

OTHER SOURCES:

5 Crisis Management Truths from the Tylenol Murders – MissionMode

James Lewis website

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

ShipStation – Try ShipStation FREE for 60 days with promo code ‘casefile’

Away – Get $20 off the suitcase with promo code ‘casefile’

Indochino – Get any premium Indochino suit for $369 and FREE shipping with promo code ‘casefile’

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