Canada – A Canadian woman nicknamed the “Black Widow” for her ability to persuade grieving widowers to marry her pleaded guilty to drugging a man she married days earlier.
Melissa Ann Shepard, 78, was charged last October after her latest husband, Fred Weeks, fell ill at a bed and breakfast in Nova Scotia four days after they married.
She pleaded guilty to administering a noxious substance and failing to provide the necessities of life.
Prosecutor Gerald MacDonald said outside court that an attempted murder charge was dropped because the prosecution couldn’t prove that Shepard intended to kill Weeks.
Shepard became known as the “Black Widow” because of her prior convictions stemming from her past relationships. Full Article
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