Washington State: The Widow Is The Suspect

The Widow Is The Suspect

When Bruce Nickell, 52, a state maintenance worker in Auburn, Wash., collapsed and died in June 1986, doctors attributed his death to emphysema. Five days later Susan Snow, another Auburn resident, died after swallowing an Extra- Strength Excedrin capsule that had been laced with cyanide. Nickell's widow Stella told authorities that her husband had taken Excedrin from the same product lot. They concluded that Nickell too was the victim of a cyanide-laced capsule. The two deaths sparked a major criminal investigation and prompted Excedrin manufacturer Bristol-Myers to issue a nationwide recall.

Last week, in the first indictment of its kind, a...