Since the Chicago Tylenol murders in 1982, when someone injected potassium cyanide into bottles of Tylenol, we have been carefully inspecting the seal on every container of food or medicine for signs of tampering. To date, no one has ever been arrested in that case. Several copycat food tampering cases arose later, and some were caught.
Apparently, there will be no reprieve from this sort of evil.
From the L.A. Times today:
A woman was arrested after she allegedly tried to sneak tainted bottles of orange juice into a refrigerator at a Starbucks coffee shop in San Jose was a trained chemist, officials said.
A customer reported seeing the woman remove two bottles of orange juice from her purse and place them in a refrigerated display case at the store, the Mercury News reported.
When the customer alerted store staff the woman fled.
After examining the bottles and detecting what they described as a “toxic smell,” store employees called 911.
Police tracked 50-year-old Ramineh Behbehanian to her home about five miles away after a witness provided her license plate number. She was arrested on suspicion of felony poisoning.
Tests revealed she had mixed rubbing alcohol with the juice, police said. Investigators said they did not have a motive.
Authorities told the San Francisco Chronicle that she used a “lethal quantity” of the rubbing alcohol. The paper also reported she held graduate degrees in chemistry from Lehigh University.
What might we want to know about a woman with a name like Ramineh Behbehanian? The story doesn’t say, and apparently the reporter who wrote the story wasn’t curious. Might she be an Episcopalian Tea Party activist? No, if she were anything of the sort it would have dominated the story. Here is one of the comments left on the website where the story appears:
Just a month earlier there was this from Manchester, New Hampshire:
The Manchester Police Department and the FBI are asking for help identifying a man accused of tampering with food at a local grocery store.
Authorities say the man was observed by witnesses intentionally placing an object into a soup container Thursday, March 28 at the Dierbergs Market located at 421 Lafayette Center.
The witnesses told the salad/soup bar employees, and they immediately removed the container.
The man is described as Caucasian between the ages of 50 and 60. He has a heavy build and a light beard.
Store surveillance video caught the incident and was able to provide a clear picture of the suspect.
Police will not say what kind of object was placed in the soup container because it could jeopardize the investigation.
Be careful. There’s still plenty of evil out there.