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Woman charged with attempted murder after putting Trazodone in hubby's tuna sandwich

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  1. Rob Cypher
    A 37-year-old Florida woman is behind bars after she allegedly tried to kill her husband by poisoning him with a tuna sandwich full of Trazodone.

    The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Beth Dickison Richards at her Lake Wales home on Friday on charges of Attempted Murder, according to a Polk County Sheriff media release.

    Richards, who is reportedly employed as a mail carrier for the US Postal Service, confessed to the attempted poisoning (post-Miranda), claiming that she crushed up Trazodone pills and laced her husband’s tuna sandwich.

    The release states that Richards told her step-sister, Jessica Jarvis, that she crushed up several of the pills and placed them in Gregory Lawrence Richards’ sandwich.

    Gregory Richards’ told deputies that he ate part of the sandwich and began feeling dizzy and nauseous, prompting him to check in to the Lake Wales Medical Center where he was treated and released a short time later.

    During the arrest, Polk County deputies also found a pouch of cannabis in Beth Richards’ room, which she reportedly admitted belonged to her, adding to her list of charges.

    Beth Richards’ now faces charges of Attempted First Degree Murder, Poisoning Food with the intent to Kill, Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

    Overdose symptoms of Trazodone may include the following symptoms; drowsiness, vomiting, penis erection that is painful or prolonged, fast or pounding heartbeat, seizure (black-out or convulsions), or breathing that slows or stops.

    Richards is currently in custody at the Polk County Jail.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/dep...d-to-kill-husband-with-poisoned-tuna-sandwich

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  1. maybeimamazed
    Re: Woman charged with attempted murder after putting Trazodone in hubby's tuna sandw

    WHAT A F***NG IDIOT!!!! DOES SHE NOT REALIZE HOW MUCH FREAKING TRAZODONE IT WOULD TAKE TO KILL SOMEONE?!! I GUESS NOT!! i mean, it's just over-all WRONG to try and kill someone, i mean, go get a DAMN DIVORCE!! but, seriously, why don't you just use ASPIRIN?!! trazodone is a mild sleeing pill, and i'm not a doctor, but i'm pretty sure it would take a TON of it to even come close to KILLING anyone! so, she deserves a lifetime behind bars for just being a stupid, dumb bitch!!
  2. Frmrjunkie
    Re: Woman charged with attempted murder after putting Trazodone in hubby's tuna sandw

    once upon a time I had a very close friend that had an alcoholic boyfriend. This was long before she herself ever picked up any serious habits. Well one day boyfriend was drinking, heavily, starting to get out of control & somewhat violent so she decided to drop a couple muscle relaxers into his drink. He didn't get sick, she didn't use a lot, but needless to say it wasn't long before he was passed out cold. That was exactly what she was looking to happen. She somewhat regrets doing this; no one should be given drugs against their will. Karma got her as many years later she got roofied in Vegas ( a whole diff story!)

    Wonder if this man was violent & she was just attempting to make him sleepy?
  3. mersann
    Re: Woman charged with attempted murder after putting Trazodone in hubby's tuna sandw

    If it had been the man giving the woman an overdose of Trazodone, would you have come up with the same very unlikely theory?
  4. Frmrjunkie
    Re: Woman charged with attempted murder after putting Trazodone in hubby's tuna sandw

    Never said it was the reason she did what she did...just related a story. Legal systems & news have a way of blowing things out of proportion. She confessed to putting the the trazadone in the sandwich. We do not know why. She's charged with poisoning. Was that her intent? No way to tell, in my opinion.
    As for your question; yes I would absolutely believe & know that men can be & are abused by women.
  5. trdofbeingtrd
    Re: Woman charged with attempted murder after putting Trazodone in hubby's tuna sandw

    I happen to personally know a man that is abused by his wife (it's not me) both verbally and sometimes physically..........although far more rare, it does happen. If his wife was to get highly pissed, I could see him putting something in her food/drink to put her to sleep, IF, he knew exactly what he was doing. In other words, you know that if you were to give someone tylenol PM that they would most likely get sleepy and end up falling asleep (unless they were fighting it). However, you would only give them two if you were trying to make them fall asleep (excluding heavy people). You would know that besides the acetaminophen that if you were to give them like 30 at one time that it could be bad. I am not in any way saying it's "okay" to do this, I am just saying that people are not stupid to the point that they don't know if they would either be killing someone, or if they are just trying to knock them out.

    If what a person would give another to just knock them out has them saying "how much do you think will do the trick" then it's either a safe substance or they are a psychopath.

    I am not saying it's okay other than life or death to drug a person, but if she was in fear for her life and could not get out of the house ever to get help, then I could see this being a possibility. When you grind up trazadone though, (which you can die from an overdose of trazadone) you are most likely out to kill them. If she was being beat or abused in other ways, she should have left him for good or called the cops and got other help.
  6. Frmrjunkie
    Re: Woman charged with attempted murder after putting Trazodone in hubby's tuna sandw

    The majority of people, men or women, in abusive relationships do not leave or seek help until they've endured extensive abuse & them leaving then is iffy. This is a brutal fact which I have personally witnessed. My father used to beat my mother...sometimes to the point of hospitalization & once into a coma.
    I'm not making excuses for this woman. No one should drug another; aside from in extreme life or death situations.
  7. ak40salmon
    Re: Woman charged with attempted murder after putting Trazodone in hubby's tuna sandw

    wow, a tuna sandwich laced with pills? Only in polk county...
  8. trdofbeingtrd
    Re: Woman charged with attempted murder after putting Trazodone in hubby's tuna sandw

    I don't think we are really disagreeing here. I as well went through my step-father abusing all of us including my mom. The problem is however that when women refuse to leave the men or however it combines, usually someone plotting and or carrying out murder seems like the only salvation.

    You are not saying it's okay to drug someone or kill them, you are saying that in abusive relationships it's very difficult for the abused to leave.

    I am saying that you either leave them or end up dead/in prison.

    I get what you are saying, but information being spread about how to recognize abusive people and how to leave abusive relationships should be taught everywhere starting at about 6th to 7th grade. Deciding to stay in an abusive relationship is not an excuse to drug someone..........I think you said twice now that you agree.
  9. hookedonhelping
    Re: Woman charged with attempted murder after putting Trazodone in hubby's tuna sandw

    Ain't that the truth! When I was incarcerated, trazadone was given to me to help me sleep. It worked wonders in this regard, but came at a painfully awkward price. Every morning I woke up I would make my way to the mess hall for breakfast with a stiff one you could hang your coat on! Not because of any sort of arousal, but due to the medication. Walking around with a rock hard penis protruding from your pants isn't the most comfortable demeanor to be in when the men to women ratio is 600:0

    With that being said, this woman is dumber than a box of rocks. The trazadone to tuna ratio would have to be around 600:0 as well, to accomplish the evil she so desired.
  10. Rob Cypher
    Re: Woman charged with attempted murder after putting Trazodone in hubby's tuna sandw

    I have the same story here bro. But it did help one sleep some time away (it was the only thing really available at the time sleep-wise for people at the county jail after Seroquel was taken off due to diabetes concerns).
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