Beth Dickison Richards, 37, in Florida makes a mean tuna sandwich. Richards, a Central Florida mail carrier, reportedly confessed to trying to murder her husband by poisoning Gregory Lawrence Richards’ tuna sandwich. As with the Ronald Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter,” the evidence might have been destroyed (though not the blood test evidence) if Gregory did not stop eating the sandwich and complain of feeling ill.
What Gregory was feeling was not bad tuna but multiple crushed up Trazodone pills, used for depression. Beth is now charged with attempted first-degree murder, poisoning food with the intent to kill, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. The last charge stems from a bag of pot found in the residence.
The difference between Mary Maloney’s frozen leg of lamb and Beth’s tuna sandwich is that the latter leaves blood traces that could be spotted during a standard autopsy. One question for the defense will be whether the Trazodone was for Beth and whether a claim of incapacity could be raised. The problem is that depression is a common condition and not generally something that is viewed a basis for an insanity defense.
18 thoughts on “Florida Mail Carrier Allegedly Tries To Kill Husband With Poisoned Tuna Sandwich”
feemeister, It is use of selenium in a form that is significantly greater than any supplemental pill can provide (>400 micrograms per day). The reason for mixing it with garlic is that selenium in quantity has a garlic taste (and gives you garlic breath) so the mixture masks the selenium. While we and most animals need selenium in our diet, it most often used with livestock. So if you had horses and cows, you could easily access the required amount to do away with a postal worker over a short period of time. Just saying, 🙂
I thought the same thing Malisha. There may have been a reason for it.
A few brazil nuts, a bit of garlic, and thou beside me beneath the tree — who could ask for anything more?
Seriously, though — it occurs to me that there may be quite a bit of a back-story here.
DrSigne, how is that? Is it selenium mixed with garlic? Or an overdose of selenium? I’m wondering, since I take selenium and eat garlic!!!!
DrSigne, Please take me off your dinner party list.
Thanks Signe from us all. Saves time googling and police visits.
She wasn’t just depressed, she was desperate. It makes me wonder what was going on in her life that the Trazadone wasn’t addressing. If she had been in a better state of mind, she could have added selenium to his garlic dip and put it on his burgers and steak after cooking. It would have taken longer but it would likely not have been detected afterward because there isn’t a general test for it.
Whoooooopppsie!!! She ”reportedly” confessed!
She CONFESSED??? At gunpoint or what? Why would she CONFESS? Whether you did it or you didn’t, you DON’T confess! Chick looks really messed up to me!
She certainly does look downtrodden…..
And a makeover.
It’s painfully obvious just from the mugshot she needs Trazodone.
Is going postal a valid defense or for a plea of insanity?
I worked in the ”Postal Service”……. and yes, it can make you crazy enough to want to kill…
What a waste of good Tuna! As a sushi eater, this really pisses me off…. doesn’t she know that Tuna are a threatened species?????
“Well, I was desperate over my feeling depressed, and had to find a solution. He and the pills were handiest. Better he die than me, right?!!!”
She decided it was time to cancel his A$$ with Return to Sender stamped on it. …. If she had bought a can of chunk light tuna he probably would have never noticed. 🙂
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