Case 66

The Black Widow

North Carolina residents James Napoleon Taylor and Raymond Reid died 13 years apart from seemingly natural causes, and doctors felt there was nothing suspicious about their deaths.

But when another man was admitted to hospital with an apparent case of food poisoning, it triggered an investigation that would expose a shocking link between all three victims.



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Burlington History

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Blanche Moore can sometimes look through a thin strip of unpainted window and see birds flying past

The Daily Times-News (06 Jun 1958)

The Daily Times-News (05 Jul 1972)

The Daily Times-News (22 Feb 1951)

Asheville Citizen-Times (20 Jul 1989)

Asheville Citizen-Times (12 Jan 1990)

Asheville Citizen-Times (08 Feb 1990)

Asheville Citizen-Times (18 Aug 1990)

Asheville Citizen-Times (06 Nov 1990)

Asheville Citizen-Times (25 Sep 1997)

Asheville Citizen-Times (16 May 1990)

Asheville Citizen-Times (18 Jul 1989)

Asheville Citizen-Times (17 Nov 1990)

Woman Poisoned Ex-Boyfriend; Also Charged in Husband’s Death – Los Angeles Times

Asheville Citizen-Times (03 Oct 1989)

Asheville Citizen-Times (16 Aug 1992)

Asheville Citizen-Times (05 Mar 1994)

Asheville Citizen-Times (26 Oct 1990)

Asheville Citizen-Times (23 Sep 1997)

Asheville Citizen-Times (23 Aug 1989)



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