FBI Reopens Tylenol-Tampering Case, Citing Forensics


The FBI has searched the suburban Boston home of a man convicted of extortion in the 1982 Tylenol tampering killings, reports the Chicago Tribune. The bureau said it reopened the investigation into the seven unsolved murders because of advances in forensic technology and new tips to law enforcement. Yesterday’s announcement was the first indication that authorities hadn’t given up on solving the notorious murders.

After news reports of the residence search of longtime suspect James William Lewis, the FBI said the renewed probe was prompted in part by publicity surrounding the 25th anniversary of the killings and the resulting tips. The murders, caused by cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules, are one of the nation’s biggest unsolved criminal cases. Tylenol packages were tampered with in Chicago-area stores, spreading fear and leading to a multimillion-dollar recall. Lawmakers moved to deter tampering, and the drug industry spent millions on tamper-resistant packaging widely used today.

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