CHICAGO (CBS) — Major developments surfaced Thursday in the 40-year-old investigation into the Tylenol murders in the greater Chicago area.
CBS 2 Chicago has learned that investigators traveled to the Boston area this week to re-interview the man believed to be a suspect in the seven deaths.
James Lewis was never charged with the murders, but he was found guilty of trying to extort $1 million from Johnson & Johnson in the days after the cyanide-containing pills appeared on store shelves. stores.
CBS 2 investigators began re-examining the case in April; Journalist Brad Edwards traveled to Massachusetts last month to try to find Lewis. He lived in the same Cambridge apartment he moved into after his release from prison.
, seven people in the greater Chicago area have died after taking cyanide-added Tylenol. Next week will mark 40 years since that event, which terrified the city and the country.
Soon after, a man wrote an extortion letter to Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, the maker of Tylenol, demanding $1 million to stop the killings.
The man who wrote that letter was James Lewis. He will later spend ten years in prison for attempted extortion.
Forty years later, Lewis remains a person interested in the actual murders. He is truly the only known and living person of interest and had not been seen or heard from in over a decade.
In early September, CBS Chicago showed their entire exchange with Lewis to Arlington Heights Police Sgt. Joe Murphy. In the end, the Arlington Heights police requested a copy.
sergeant. Murphy is the default leader of a task force investigating the murders, which includes numerous agencies, the Illinois State Police, and the FBI. He was unable to comment on Thursday, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.
However, CBS Chicago was able to confirm that people investigating the Tylenol murders have been in the Boston area for the past few days – continuing investigative efforts that included the Lewis interview.
FBI sources released this statement:
“No interviews about the 1982 Tylenol murders have been authorized recently. Opinions expressed by former employees are theirs alone and do not constitute official statements attributable to the FBI. The presumption of innocence is a cornerstone of the U.S. legal system, and standard Department of Justice policy prohibits the FBI and its employees from expressing opinions regarding the guilt of a private citizen, except as appropriate based on legal proceedings. The Department of Justice also restricts the FBI from commenting on the nature of ongoing investigations.For additional comment, we should refer to the Arlington Heights Police Department as the lead investigating agency.