Woman Poisons Husband To Death By Putting Anti-Freeze In His Steroid Injections
Jay Dawson February 15th 2017 Entertainment
Nine times out of ten, murder and manslaughter is an impulsive, irrational act - an explosion of rage or a violent temper gone far too far. Once in a while, though, a truly sick mind comes along - one that doesn't kill with a single blow, but carries out their disturbing, torturous kill over the course of years. This is one case that almost tops the lot.
A Shocking Admission
It was a crime that stunned the nation, and a court case that equally entranced the viewing public. For years, 47-year-old Jamie Baker had denied that she had killed her husband, who had died almost four years ago in very suspicious circumstances. Neither investigators nor prosecutors could crack the façade of this woman, despite being convinced that she had committed the act. Then it all came crumbling down for Jamie.
In wild courtroom scenes worthy of a Law & Order episode all their own, Jamie took to the stand to change her story entirely. It seemed like she was tired of fighting the truth, and had finally decided to let the real story come out. With only a short hesitation, she reversed her long claim of innocence and told the court that she had, in fact, poisoned her husband. But you'll never guess how she did it...
A Long Time Coming
James Baker actually collapsed and died at their home in Delaware in September of 2013, over three years ago. The investigation had baffled the police for a long time, and the break in the case didn't come until close to two years after the initial discovery. Detectives had come and gone, and they still couldn't quite work out what had gone on.
Even when they finally found out what they thought had happened, there was still a mountain of due process to climb. They thought they had their suspect, but there was simply no proof - only circumstantial evidence. And their suspect, Mrs. Jamie Baker, would not admit to anything. Collecting all the evidence against her, questioning and re-questioning, bringing the case together, was an exhausting - and sometimes, seemingly impossible - task. Against all odds, they persisted. And against all odds, they found the truth...
All About James Baker
A large part of the case hinged on its victim, James Baker. Like his wife, Jamie, he was in his mid-forties and seemingly in perfect health before his death. He had no history of chronic illness, and was leading a happy and loving life together with Jamie and their two daughters. At least, so they thought.
For years, James had been working as an environmental scientist for a local firm in Delaware. A mild-mannered man, he had a simple passion to help protect the planet, and followed his dreams with determination. At the same time, he had another hobby: competitive weightlifting. Although it seemed at odds with his reserved nature, he was actually fiercely strict with his training regime, and determined to bulk up and be the best in his field. Little did he know, this obsession would indirectly lead to his downfall...
The Truth About Steroids
It's an accepted fact of competitive weightlifting these days - at least, outside of the Olympics - that its athletes will use some form of steroids in their training. It doesn't matter how many protein shakes you have - you're just not going to achieve the same kind of muscle growth without them. And if one person in the competition starts using them, you pretty much have to do the same to just keep up.
When we talk about these kinds of steroids, we mean anabolic steroids. These are a family of steroids which, like testosterone, have a dramatic impact on your body. Anabolic steroids in particular promote the growth and retention of protein within muscle cells. This means that with the right diet and exercise in combination steroids, you're going to get ripped a heck of a lot faster than with normal training. But it doesn't usually leave you dead...
A Problem Across The World
Way back when anabolic steroids were first discovered and synthesized, they had far more innocent uses. Doctors would prescribe them for wasting diseases such as AIDS, where muscle growth tends to stop, bone marrow stimulation for leukemia patients, and inducing puberty when necessary. But when the sporting world found out about the effects this drug could have on performance, the casual use of steroids exploded.
Nowadays, the use of anabolic steroids is banned by pretty much every sporting body in the world. In most countries, as well, buying, selling, using, or just possessing them without a prescription is illegal. Although their use is widespread by bodybuilders and amateur weightlifters, their common side-effects - such as aggression, kidney damage, and heart problems - have made them all but banned. They're simply too dangerous to fall into the hands of the unwitting public, yet people still keep on doing them.
The Initial Ruling
When James Baker was found dead in his home, the police were quick to order an autopsy. He was a healthy, fairly young man, and the whole thing seemed a little fishy. But the initial ruling seemed to support a theory that it was his weightlifting lifestyle that did it. At first, the coroner determined that James had died from massive kidney failure.
Like we just mentioned, steroid use and abuse has long been linked to kidney damage. Investigators knew of his bodybuilding career, and his stash of steroids, and the jigsaw pieces seemed to fit together neatly. He took steroids, his kidney gave up on him, he died tragically in his own home. It seemed like a reasonable conclusion, and they were happy to let it go at that. Only months later, a niggling doubt remained. And when they re-read the coroner's report, they uncovered something they had initially overlooked. Something truly bizarre...
Guess What They Uncovered
While performing the autopsy, the coroner had also discovered something a little bit strange. Trace amounts of ethylene glycol were found in the body, but at the time they were dismissed as an anomaly. It was only later that investigators realized what this ethylene glycol meant. It was antifreeze, and there was no way that could have gotten in there by accident.
Antifreeze is commonly found in garages across the country, used for engine coolant and sometimes windscreen water in extreme temperatures. Many people know how useful it can be, but few people know exactly how deadly it is once it's in your system. The body can't process antifreeze, and if ingested, some residue will always remain. This residue will crystalize over time, essentially shredding up your insides and causing massive amounts of damage to your organs, as if you'd swallowed broken glass.
It Was In The Steroids
With this new fact, detectives went back to search the house. They wanted to know exactly how this deadly liquid could have found its way into James Baker's body, and they weren't going to give up. They found antifreeze in the garage, which was normal, but they took the search further and tested everything else they could find. That's when the startling discovery was made: it was also in his steroids.
James's steroids were also stored in the garage, which is where his gym equipment was located. This wasn't unusual in itself, but police weren't quite sure how it could have been mixed. His steroids, of the liquid variety intended to be injected, were in sealed containers. The antifreeze couldn't have got there accidentally. And it didn't look like the bottles had been tampered with. Then they found tiny holes in the steroid bottles - the antifreeze had been injected into the steroids...
A (Clearly) Unhappy Marriage
But who had done it? Suspicions swung to Jamie Baker, the only other person who could have the knowledge and the access to James's steroid supply. Even then, it wasn't an open and shut case. James and Jamie had been married for 21 years, and on the surface it seemed like everything was fine. They had had no real arguments, two daughters, and nothing seemed amiss. The only thing the detectives could do was go with their guts, and arrest Jamie Baker.
Still to this day, Jamie has not given any reason as to why she would deliberately, maliciously, and slowly poison her own husband. Even after a long trial, a trial where she maintained her innocence before finally cracking, there were no real indications as to the motive. Some say that it was the insurance money that motivated her, while others claim that their marriage had been actually crumbling for a decade. It's clear now that something was wrong, that there was some kind of trigger, but the exact details may have to remain a mystery for the rest of time.
And The Sentence Is...
After her shock admission in court, the case was quickly wrapped up. Jamie was found guilty of second-degree murder, meaning that she had not planned the murder, but had still done it intentionally and with malice aforethought. A strange outcome for a clearly premeditated and planned poisoning, but that's just the way the justice system works sometimes. Sometimes they just have to clear the caseload as quickly as they can.
The lesser conviction didn't mean that the Smyrna, Delaware housewife got off lightly, though. In the end, she received a sentence of 40 years imprisonment. Even if she is eligible for parole later down the line, it's unlikely that she'll walk free before she's about 80 years old. A fitting sentence for a cold and calculating murderer, and still she fared better than her unfortunate husband.
50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist
Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.