two dollar pistol: Murder by Cancer

Friday, October 30, 2009

Murder by Cancer

Did you hear about the poisoning at a US college yesterday(harvard)? In the coffee?
Made me think...

In my town back in the 70's, I knew a guy (StevenHarper) who poisoned a family because the female married someone else instead of him. Guess they used to be an item. Steve was burned badly when he was little and always self-conscious about it. He excelled in academics to keep his mind off his mug, I guess.

He was working in a lab at college when he came across poison to kill folk. He snuck into her house and put it in the lemonade & milk killing one friend of hers and a baby but not her; poisoned about 6 peeps.

They sent his ass to the be executed. He committed suicide on meth Row. Year or two later they did away w/ executions.

Funny how shit works out, eh hoser?

If the stinkLink don't work, just google Steven Roy Harper

Here's the article, sue me

Man Receives Death Sentence in 'Murder by Cancer' Case

OMAHA (AP) -- Steven Roy Harper, who prosecutors say set out to commit "the first murder by cancer" was sentenced today to die in the electric chair.

Douglas County District Court Judge James M. Murphy imposed the penalty on Harper, who was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for poisoning two persons with a cancer-causing rocket fuel additive.

Nebraska law sets the sentence for first-degree murder as either life imprisonment or death in the electric chair.

Harper was convicted Oct. 5 of murder in the deaths last year of Duane Johnson, 24, of Omaha, who married Harper's former girlfriend, and Johnson's infant nephew, Chad Shelton.

The two died within a week after consuming lemonade and milk from a two quart container in the Johnson home that had been contaminated by dimethyl nitrosamine, and anti-corrosive rocket fuel additive known to cause cancer in laboratory rats.

Prosecutors said Harper stole the lethal substance from the Eppley Institute for Cancer Research, where he worked as a lab assistant.



"..1st condemned prisoner to die while awaiting execution on Nebraska's death row since Steven Roy Harper in December 1990. Harper died of an overdose of a drug used to control the side effects of other drugs he was taking to treat a mental illness."

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Blogger ptg said...

I remember that one. I didn't know the bum offed himself on death row. Where's the advantage in that?

12:23 PM  
Blogger theMickey's said...

The advantage is/was his.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

either way the result was the right one, i would'nt like to have been a freind of his and upset his day.

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew one of the investigators on this case. I have read the book, and watched the Forensic Files TV show about this case. This was a very disturbing case. Harper tried out the poison on pet cats to try to gauge the dosage, and see the effects. He was taking meds in prison for his mental illness, he accumulated a lethal dose to avoid the electric chair.

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Duane said...

Kind of creepy, my name's Duane, and my girlfriend's name is Sandy. We don't live in Nebraska though, but I have visited Lincoln 4 times. The most famous person to die in Nebraska's Electric Chair was ironically on my birthday, June 25th! They didn't do away with executions a year after Steven Harper committed suicide. Although there hadn't been an execution in Nebraska since that June 25th, in 1959, they were getting ready for one. The next one would be on September 2, 1994, 35 years after Charlie. There have 2 more since then, 1996 & 1997.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the time when I worked with you I had no idea that you had lost your infant son and you and your husband at the time had also been poisoned. You were a very sweet and gentle lady. Rest in peace Sallie.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Jerry Buckles said...

i knew stevens brother he was very upset he missed steven when he went to death row he would take several hits of acid to stop the pain there were many victoms

8:49 AM  
Blogger Jerry Buckles said...

i knew stevens brother he was very upset he missed steven when he went to death row he would take several hits of acid to stop the pain there were many victoms

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am related to the victims. I remember getting woke up in the middle of the night to go get blood work done.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

What was this dude's "mental illness"?? I have to say he sounds like the most evil thing I have ever heard of.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Norma Scott said...

He was truly obsessed!

5:08 AM  

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