Had James Lewis really killed seven strangers?


The verdict

Lewis on his release. (Photo: PA Photos)

James Lewis appeared in court in 1983, but he was only accused of attempted extortion. Police had no evidence to link him to the murders and he wasn’t tried for this crime.

Lewis confessed to writing the letter, but claimed he didn’t intend to extort the money, only to cause problems for his wife’s former employer.

James Lewis was found guilty of attempted extortion and spent 12 years in jail.

Then, around the 25th anniversary, police reopened the case into the poisoned pills. But again, they couldn’t link him to the poisonings.

Now in his 60s, James Lewis remains a free and innocent man, and the Tylenol deaths remain unsolved.


By Rachel Tompkins 

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. The verdict
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