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Dentist Accused of Poisoning Wife Allegedly Googled "How to Make Murder Look Like a Heart Attack"
James Craig, charged with his wife's murder, allegedly searched the internet for topics including, “Is arsenic detectable in autopsy?” and “How many grams of pure arsenic will kill a human?”
Colorado dentist James Craig, who's accused of fatally poisoning his wife after beginning an affair with another woman, conducted online searches with questions like “is arsenic detectable in an autopsy?” and “how to make murder look like a heart attack,” police said.
Days after the searches, Craig’s wife, Angela Craig, googled symptoms she was having, seeking medical help. “This is a person who is tragically being slowly poisoned by her husband,” district attorney John Kellner said at a Wednesday court hearing, according to the Associated Press.
Police allege that Craig, 45, poisoned his wife’s protein shakes with potassium cyanide, though his attorneys claim that there is no direct evidence against the dentist and have accused the lead detective of holding biases against him. A judge ultimately ruled that there was enough evidence to proceed with a trial.
Angela, 43, died March 18 after being taken off life support on her third trip to the hospital, the AP reported. Toxicology results determined she had been poisoned with cyanide and tetrahydrozoline, a substance found in over-the-counter eye drops, Arapahoe County coroner Kelly Lear testified during the hearing.
The Aurora Police Department arrested Craig in March for allegedly dosing his wife, the mother of his six children, with poison between March 6 and March 15. He was charged with first-degree murder.
According to an arrest affidavit, Craig searched the internet for topics like “Is arsenic detectable in autopsy?,” “The top 10 deadliest plants,” and “How many grams of pure arsenic will kill a human?”
Police became suspicious of Craig after his co-workers alerted authorities that he had ordered potassium cyanide, even though they did not use it on the job.
On March 6, a week before the parcel showed up at the dental practice, Angela was hospitalized after she became dizzy and faint. According to the affidavit, she texted Craig: “I feel drugged.”
Craig replied: “Given our history I know that must be triggering. Just for the record, I didn’t drug you. I’m super worried though.”
According to the affidavit, this was not the first time he allegedly poisoned his wife.
A source close to the victim allegedly told authorities that Craig had "drugged her [Angela] (with an unknown drug) because he had planned to go into their bathroom and give himself a lethal injection of something and commit suicide," the redacted affidavit read. "James told Angela he drugged her so she wouldn't find him, nor be able to save him, which would give the lethal drugs time to kill him."
While Angela suffered in the hospital from symptoms that puzzled doctors, her husband was allegedly having an affair with Texas orthodontist Karin Cain.
Cain spoke with ABC News in an interview that aired Tuesday, saying in a sit-down interview that she was unaware of Craig’s marital status at the time.
"If I had known what was true, I would not have been with this person," Cain said. "I didn't willingly have a relationship with somebody who was in a marriage."
Cain said she met Craig at a dentist conference in February. She said she was in the process of divorcing her husband, which is also what Craig told her was happening between him and his wife.
"He told me... they hadn't been living together. He had an apartment," she said.
While authorities allege Craig was planning to start a new life with the woman, Cain said that they had never planned a future together. “There’s no way I’m motive,” she said. “It wasn’t until the media started reporting on it did I realize the timeline was so tight."
Cain expressed empathy for Angela's family, saying, "I can't even imagine the loss of a family member and then to consider that it could be at the hands of someone that had been in the family for 25 years."