Homicide by poisoning…the data

Homicide by Poisoning
Finnberg, Amanda MD*; Junuzovic, Mensura MD*; Dragovic, Ljubisa MD†; Ortiz-Reyes, Ruben MD†; Hamel, Marianne MD, PhD‡; Davis, Joseph MD, PhD§; Eriksson, Anders MD, PhD*

Abstract: By studying the number and method of homicidal poisoning in Miami-Dade County, Florida; New York City, NY; Oakland County, Michigan; and Sweden, we have confirmed that this is an infrequently established crime.

Several difficulties come with the detection of homicidal poisonings. Presenting symptoms and signs are often misdiagnosed as natural disease, especially if the crime is committed in a hospital environment, suggesting that an unknown number of homicides go undetected.

In the reported cases analyzed, the lethal agent of choice has changed over the years. In earlier years, traditional poisons such as arsenic, cyanide, and parathion were frequently used. Such poisonings are nowadays rare, and instead, narcotics are more commonly detected in victims of this crime.

Having researched death by poison since the death of my son, Raymond Zachry in 2007, there is a similarity in many cases where the cause of death is listed as heart attack, arrhythmia or disrrhythmia by the coroner or medical examiner. Ignoring the underlying symptoms of poisoning, unfamiliarity with symptoms that mimic heart attack has allowed many homicides to go undetected as the authors of the above data include in their paper.

During the six years since Ray Zachry’s death many other poisoning cases have surfaced and like Zachry’s it has remained secret even when families offer evidence and proof otherwise. Only when independent oversight boards review death certificates for incorrect cause of death analysis and other mistakes will the homicide by poisoning become recognized on sudden, unattended death cases.

6 responses to this post.

  1. You are always in my heart and thoughts. I am haunted by the injustice of Raymond’s unprosecuted death.



    • Thank you dear friend. We made a great stride in the right direction today with a victory of another family with a similar case to Ray’s.

      God bless



  2. Ms. Sanservino, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that without my son, there is nothing worthwhile left to take. They already killed me –first, when Jesus died for me, and second, when I, at one time a teacher (that would be before I was set up to be falsely imprisoned in 2007 during child custody proceedings for alleged assault as falsely accused by a then “assault” attorney, Tonya Rolland, now Tonya Rolland-McLaughlin, criminal court judge, who worked for the notoriously corrupt D.A. Chuck Rosenthal, and after my outside sales career was taken away since I now don’t even have a vehicle,let alone a home where I am welcome, in a city with zero public transportation), deprived me of the natural and common law right to hold my son’s little hand and walk him to his first day of big school/kindergarten in 2012, having been substituted by well, let’s just say someone else my son call’s “Mommy” due to SS training and “how to grieve the loss of ‘Mommy'” classes and “family integration therapy. They are still trying to put me in jail for child support even though I am current, miraculously, especially for only having a job for a few months this year and not being on “welfare” (not like there is such a thing in Texas, anyway, so they need to quit stealing children from single mothers for the ignorant excuse that this would help the economy). In fact, taking away someone’s child, causing them to lose job, home, car, ….actually puts them in danger of being on food stamps (See Huffington Post’s Nancy Redd Interview with other Texas moms and a couple in Maryland and New York for confirmation that I am not alone titled, “Moms Foot the Bill for Child Support.”

    With the good being the “new” bad, and bad being the new good, with evil people crawling out of the woodwork in unprecedented troops, well, let’s just say that when the Good Book warns against wanting to hold onto anything on this earth and being ready to go without looking back, in His time, that is, I will have been privileged to have made it to this point of “let-go” (but certainly not to be confused with just laying down and dying).” Wrong girl! Something tells me you know a thing or two about being lion-hearted and strong-willed, Ms. Shirley.

    By the way, what part of Pennsylvania are you in? I was born in Grove City and went to North Allegheny for a year in middle school (my favorite year EVER in school, which is probably why, as it turned out, I was effective only at teaching sixth and seventh graders–after that age, they frightened me). I have alot of family there, but I never got to take my son to meet them because I obeyed court orders in the true best interest of my son and wanted him to have a father. I also went to Bryn Mawr College my freshman year. People in western Pennsylvania, and the midwest in general, are soooooo much nicer, friendly, and more educated than in other parts of the country. I also love the cold weather there! The colder, the better! But I guess the Lord wanted me here for a reason, right?

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    • you are a very strong person and I can only say that I am so sorry you have been treated so badly by ‘civilization’. I lived in FLA when Fay suddenly collapsed and died. When I realized all was not right with circumstances surrounding his death, I came back to Maryland where my family and Ray had lived until 4 months prior to his death, when he moved to Montgomery County PA.

      The widow, as I refer to her, lived in Lancaster, PA and taught school there. With the help of Ray she studied and qualified for administration and began to work in Bucks County, PA. That is where they lived when Ray died of poison.

      The ‘justice’ system is for the wealthy, those who have money to afford a well connected attorney. Others justice is fleeting unless you have enough friends who will stand with you and make a lot of noise, enough to get attention.

      There are others among my friends on Facebook who are working for the same goals as you. Feel free to contact me and look for messages from many of them ( https://www.facebook.com/shirley.sanservino)

      God bless you dear one and please do keep in touch. Message me anytime on Facebook



  3. “Follow the money…” Revolting swine who have no respect for life. The Lord will be so kind to them.

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    • Beware; if you are single, have assets, no children and little family you may become a victim of fraud or homicide. Someone sent this to me while searching for a source of the poisons in my son’s blood toxicology

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