Law: Poison Plot

A "kaleidoscope of deception "

WANTED: EXPERTS IN POISONS AND CHEMICAL AGENTS WITH ACCESS TO SAME. That ad, in the paramilitary journals Gung-Ho and Soldier of Fortune, was not submitted by one of the adventurers and mercenaries who commonly read them; it was placed by William Chanslor, former president of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association. His mission: to end the life of his invalid wife painlessly and undetectably. But by last week his scheme had unraveled in a fashion so bizarre that his wife was pleading his innocence in court while prosecutors played tapes...

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