Was Lynn a caring lover or calculating killer?

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The Jelly killer: victim Glen Turner

Glenn Turner

Lynn Womack had a weakness for men in uniform. At 22, she was working as a 911 operator when she met Glenn Turner, a local Cobb County police officer. They married in August 1993.

Lynn bought two sports cars and Glenn did overtime to help pay for her flash lifestyle. With him working all hours, the cracks began to show. Suspecting an affair, he planned to move out.

The jelly killer: Glen's wife, Lynn (Photo: PA Photos)

Glenn’s wife, Lynn (Photo: PA Photos)

But then, at the end of February 1995, Glenn got ill with terrible stomach cramps, a fever and vomiting. He checked himself into A&E and was put on a drip. When he was feeling better, they sent him home.

Lynn made Glenn some of his favourite lime jelly to cheer him up. The next morning, she nipped out. She got back and found Glenn’s lifeless body wrapped in blankets. He was just 31.

A coroner ruled that Glenn had died from an irregular heartbeat. His family were shocked. A fit, young police officer dying of heart troubles. So unexpected.

Lynn sought comfort with another policeman. Randy Thompson was a strapping sheriff’s deputy.

Five months on, they bought a home together – helped along by the $147,000 insurance money from Glenn’s death.

In January 1996, Lynn gave birth to their daughter. Two years later, a son.

But then – just like before – it turned sour. After four years together they separated.

Randy, now a firefighter, moved into an apartment nearby and they stayed close for the kids.

In January 2001, Randy went for dinner with Lynn and the kids. Next day, he started vomiting and had stomach cramps. Doctors suspected a stomach bug. They treated him and sent him home.

Lynn popped round to check he was OK. The next day he wasn’t answering his phone or door. Friends broke the door down.

They found him dead on the sofa. He was just 32.

Friends and family were distraught. He’d just passed a physical for work. Why would he suddenly die?

The coroner ruled that Randy had died from an irregular heartbeat. Just like Glenn. A tragic coincidence? Not everyone thought so.

Glenn’s mother contacted Randy’s. Together, they spoke to authorities.

Another look at Randy’s lab reports showed high levels of a toxin called ethylene glycol – an ingredient found in antifreeze.

Glenn’s body was exhumed and they found the same thing.

The jelly killer: Glen's being exhumed

Glenn’s body was exhumed (Photo: PA Photos)

The medical examiner found that antifreeze could be put in some foods without changing the texture or taste. Foods such as jelly.

In November 2002, Lynn Turner was charged with Glenn’s murder.

At trial in April 2004, she pleaded innocent.

The court heard that she was having an affair with Randy when Glenn died.

So, was Lynn a black widow? A killer? Or the victim of a tragic coincidence?

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