Unsealed: The Tylenol Murders

AT WILL MEDIA, The Chicago Tribune

In 1982, the nation was living in fear. One by one people in the Chicago area were dying. No one knew why — or who would be next. Law enforcement mobilized to answer the what, who and why. The what was Tylenol, laced with cyanide, placed randomly on store shelves to kill unsuspecting victims. But the who and the why? That would elude investigators for decades. If you think you know the story of the Tylenol Murders, think again. Award-winning Chicago Tribune investigative reporters Christy Gutowski and Stacy St. Clair uncover new and critical clues in law enforcement’s latest — and possibly last — attempt at closing one of the nation's most infamous unsolved cases. read less

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People may reach for a bottle of Tylenol when they have a headache, a fever, or a painful ache. Many now buy a bottle of Tylenol without second thoughts. But this podcast explains that wasn't the story in the early 1980s. Unsealed: The Tylenol Murders reveals the horrifying story behind the unsolved case known as the Tylenol Murders.

Stacy St. Clair and Christy Gutowski are the investigative reporters who host Unsealed: The Tylenol Murders. In this podcast, they analyze old case files and the stories of those who died. They discuss the tactics of the original investigators, police, and prosecutors. Listeners might be familiar with the facts of the case; others might be new to the crime. The year was 1982, and the unlucky victims were shoppers in the Chicago area. A ruthless killer laced bottles of Tylenol with cyanide, a deadly poison. At least seven people died from these poison pills. Later, killers inspired by the murders killed more victims in the same way.

To this day, authorities have not found the killer. Is it too late for people to learn what happened? Hosts St. Clair and Gutowski expose the secrets behind these murders. In 2022, the case took a new turn. An early suspect, James William Lewis, reemerged. Investigators and the Chicago Tribune started their case against him again. Another suspect, Roger Arnold, is dead. But could he be the true mastermind behind the crime? The podcast analyzes this theory and many more.

As journalists for The Chicago Tribune, the hosts conduct their own investigations. In one episode, they reveal a startling discovery. Forty years after the murders occurred, is it possible to solve this crime? Can the families of the victims get closure at last? Listeners can follow the ongoing mystery. Unsealed: The Tylenol Murders divulges each awful detail and every continuing revelation.

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