Woman kills two husbands, tries to frame and murder own daughter

 Woman kills two husbands, tries to frame and murder own daughter
Published: 2016 March 20 10:26:35 (10451 Views)
A woman in the US, Stacey Castor, dubbed "the Black widow" murdered two husbands and attempted to kill her daughter.

Stacey Castor's husbands were laid to rest side by side in the Owasco Rural Cemetery in upstate New York.

Michael Wallace, her first, died on Jan. 11, 2000, from what appeared to be a heart attack. Suicide took her second, David Castor, 48, on Aug. 22, 2005.

Two years later, authorities dug up Wallace's remains. They hoped his body might be the key to proving that both men had been done in by a Black Widow.

In the weeks before Wallace died, he had shown some signs of a bad ticker — coughing, pain in the shoulder and arm, and dizziness.

Stacey did not request an autopsy, nor did she, friends and family would recall later, shed a tear.

The couple had been married for a dozen years and had two daughters. But there had been no joy in their marriage for years, and rumours were that both were cheating, wrote Michael Benson in his book on the case, "Mommy Deadliest."

Widow Wallace calmly collected $50,000 in life insurance and moved on.

Within three years, she was a bride for the second time, marrying Castor, a recent divorcee. The couple settled in a suburb of Syracuse. Stacey brought along her daughters, Ashley, 12, and Bree, 11, from the first marriage.

Soon after the wedding, Castor's life, which had been shaky since a motorbike accident a few years earlier, went into a nosedive. He had trouble in business, and there was a great deal of domestic discord.

Suicide seemed a possibility for what police found when Stacey summoned them to her home. She told them she was worried because her husband had locked himself in the bedroom and had not come out all day. She could not reach him by phone.

Police kicked in the door and found Castor sprawled on a bed, naked, in pools of bloody vomit. Near the bed were three bottles — apricot brandy, diet cranberry juice and antifreeze. A glass on a night table was half-filled with the toxic green fluid.

Antifreeze poisoning was found to be the cause of death. Stacey told police that Castor had been depressed, but detectives questioned her assertion that he had killed himself.

Some things weren't consistent with suicide, such as just one set of fingerprints — Stacey's — on the glass containing the antifreeze. In the kitchen trash, police found a turkey baster that had antifreeze traces and Castor's DNA on the tip.

It all suggested that the victim had been force-fed the deadly cocktail.

Investigators honed in on the two-time widow, especially after they learned that Castor's will was altered, leaving everything to Stacey and nothing to his son from his first marriage. The will was later proven to be a forgery.

Police tapped her phone, set up cameras to monitor her moves, and in September 2007, they exhumed the first husband for a toxicology test.

No one was all that surprised when the medical examiner found traces of antifreeze in Wallace's body.

Stacey Castor's daughter Ashley Wallace took the stand in 2009 as the prosecution's first witness to tearfully testify about the deaths of her father and stepfather.

Her mother was accused of trying to kill Ashley with an overdose of drugs and alcohol and frame the daughter for the husbands' deaths.

As she entered classes on her first day of college, Ashley Wallace, 20, Stacey's oldest daughter, got a surprise visit from detectives, asking her what she remembered about the death of her father and stepfather. They told her that both had probably been murdered.

Ashley called her mother with the upsetting news and Stacey chose a very odd way to calm her child. She picked Ashley up at school, drove her home, and said, "Let's get totally drunk."

Stacey gave her daughter a Watermelon Smirnoff Ice in a glass. Ashley would later testify that the drink had had a horrible taste, but her mother urged her to finish it. Ashley kept drinking until she passed out.

When the hung-over teen returned from school the following day, the mother-daughter binge continued, this time with straight vodka.

The next thing she knew, Ashley was in a hospital room, with detectives asking questions and shoving a document at her. They explained that her younger sister found her in bed, dying from a booze and prescription drug overdose.

The document was a 750-word computer-generated note her sister found next to her. In it, the writer confessed to the murders of Wallace and Castor and said that she couldn't live with what she had done.

The name at the bottom of the page was Ashley, and the note was addressed to Stacey. "I know you hate me for doing what I did but mommy remember I love you more than anything and I did it for you."

Ashley denied writing a single word. Her story, which she told in court during Stacey Castor's 2009 trial, was that her mother had written it in an attempt to frame her for the murders of her father and stepfather. Forensic linguists brought in to analyse the note agreed that they were Stacey's words.

The jury found her guilty of murdering her second husband, and of the attempted murder of her daughter, and for forging Castor's will.

Stacey Castor has maintained her innocence, denying all in high-profile media interviews, including a special on "ABC's 20/20."

During sentencing, Onondaga County Judge Joseph Fahey told her, "I have to say, Mrs. Castor, you are in a class all by yourself."

Never before, he said, had he seen a parent willing to kill her own child in a bid to avoid the punishment for murdering her husbands. Fahey gave her 51 years, making it more than likely that this Black Widow, now 48, will spend the rest of her days behind bars.

Source - NYDN

Tags: widow, poison, frame,

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