30 Years On, Still No Justice in Infamous Poisoned Tylenol Case

The Chicago Tylenol murders occurred when seven people died after taking pain-relief medicine capsules that had been poisoned. The poisonings, code-named TYMURS by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, took place in late 1982 in the Chicago area of the United States.

Saturday, September 29th marked the 30th anniversary of the tragedy.

The anniversary came with little attention from the press outside Chicago, and still no capture of the culprit.

While initial reports blamed a “madman” tampering with containers in stores, there’s been debate since then about if the poisoning instead occurred at a distribution warehouse.

Only one person was arrested in connection with the case: James W. Lewis, a man convicted of trying to extort $1 million from Tylenol manufacturer Johnson & Johnson.

He threatened further deaths in a letter to the company, but requested the money be sent to a business associate he believed wronged him, suggesting a botched frame-up.

The case was reopened in 2009, but progress has been difficult since the recalled Tylenol had been quickly destroyed, making evidence scarce.