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Woman Died Thinking She Had A Sinus Infection -- But Her Husband Was Caught Googling 'How To Make Poison'

Woman Died Thinking She Had A Sinus Infection -- But Her Husband Was Caught Googling 'How To Make Poison'

An Aurora, Colorado woman tragically lost her life after a battle with what she believed was a sinus infection — but now police are saying this wasn’t natural causes at all…

According to a shocking new affidavit, Angela Craig, 43, had been having a rough few days in early March, telling her husband and six children she was experiencing “severe headaches and dizziness.” She went to the hospital multiple times over the course of several days, but doctors could not figure out what could be causing her symptoms. The first time was on March 6. Her husband, James Craig, gave her some extra protein in her pre-workout shake that morning because she was “feeling sluggish.” However, she only felt worse soon after! Per the affidavit:

“After the workout, Angela became faint and dizzy, and ultimately James took Angela to the hospital.”

But she was sent home that time. She came back again March 9 as her symptoms got worse — and again after multiple days of tests, nothing was found. Then, last Wednesday, March 15, Angela’s husband brought her to the hospital for the final time.

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Faster than anyone could have ever imagined, Angela’s health deteriorated, and soon after her arrival at the hospital, she was being moved to the ICU with terrible seizures. She had to be placed on a ventilator to keep her alive. Doctors and nurses didn’t know what to make of the inexplicable decline and were further baffled when the woman’s condition got so bad she wasn’t able to wake up again. Just four days after her admission, on Sunday, March 19, the mother-of-six was declared brain dead and taken off of life support.

So, so sad… but the strange circumstances of her death didn’t get past the Major Crimes Homicide Unit.

The team of investigators were able to determine Angela’s cause of death was due to intentional poisoning! Division Chief Mark Hildebrand said in a statement:

“It was quickly discovered this was in fact a heinous, complex and calculated murder.”

All signs pointed to one suspect — her husband James. The Aurora Police Department opened an investigation to get to the bottom of what really happened to the man’s wife and were horrified at their discovery. Deep within the 45-year-old’s browser history, they discovered some of his past searches:

‘How many grams of pure arsenic will kill a human’

‘Is Arsenic Detectable in Autopsy?’

‘Top 5 Undetectable Poisons That Show No Signs of Foul Play’

‘How to make poison’

‘The Top 10 Deadliest Plants (They Can Kill You)’


They also found that James was cheating on Angela — according to the affidavit of his arrest, police found he was exchanging “intimate” and “sexually explicit” emails with another woman. Not only was he having an affair, he flew this other woman out while his wife was dying in the hospital! Just awful!

The affidavit accused the father of six of planning to “end his wife’s life by searching for ways to kill someone undetected, providing her poisons that align with her hospitalized symptoms, and working on starting a new life with [his lover].” After more than 20 years and six children together — five girls and a boy, ages 8 to 20. Was he just going to take the younger kids along, or were they not included as a part of his “new life” plans? Was he going to poison them, too? It’s so chilling to think about…

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James was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning. Because doctors had already made the difficult decision to remove Angela from life support, the charge was first-degree murder. After police got James into custody, the alleged details of his plans only got more disturbing. Allegedly, the Colorado native was putting arsenic and cyanide in his wife’s protein shakes to kill her so he could run off with his new mistress!

Police found that he had ordered arsenic online on February 27 and received it on March 4. How was he able to get his hands on such a substance? He’s a dentist! He showed the seller his dental license and claimed he was going to use it for a root canal operation. Arsenic trioxide is sometimes used to devitalize inflamed pulp tissue before root canal treatment. So the purchase didn’t raise any eyebrows — with the seller anyway.

A second package James had ordered arrived at his place of work on March 13. James had apparently instructed the office manager he was expecting a package and not to open it — but an employee at the dentist’s office didn’t get that memo. She saw the biohazard sticker and the words “potassium cyanide” on the container. Not knowing what it was, she did a quick Google search — and noticed the symptoms from ingestion mirrored her boss’s wife’s! When she learned Angela was headed back to the hospital just a couple days later, she put two and two together and told Craig’s business partner, who in turn passed it on to a nurse at the hospital. They didn’t fully understand the ramifications, but the nurse did. Per the affidavit:

“As a mandatory reporter, the nurse called the police, and an investigation ensued.”

James tried to tell police his wife was overdosing on opioids, but they followed his trail far too easily. Police seized his electronics, the protein powder, and two Ziploc bags full of mystery substances. They got everything. Because an employee saw something and said something. If only it had been in time to save his poor wife.

A close friend of Angela’s told The Daily Beast after her passing:

“[She was a] phenomenal woman, outgoing, and the best mother you could imagine.”

Just devastating. Our hearts go out to Angela’s children and loved ones. May she get the justice she deserves.


[Image via Aurora Police Department/YouTube/9NEWS]

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