Law: Where Is Arsenic Lilly?

Arsenic Lilly—to use the name by which some doctors call her—is an attractive, dark-haired woman in her middle 30s. She has a fatal way with men.

In October of 1968, her husband was admitted to the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville for treatment of internal pains. After four days—with Lilly in faithful attendance at his bedside—he died. An autopsy showed acute gastric ulcers and hemorrhaging of internal organs.

Not long afterward, Lilly moved in with a carpenter, who also developed gastric problems and entered the same hospital. With Lilly once again in...