A Missouri high school teacher “tried to poison her husband by putting the deadly plant lily of the valley in his food and juices.”

A Missouri high school teacher “tried to poison her husband by putting the deadly plant lily of the valley in his food and juices.”

  • Sarah Shafer, 37, is accused of attempting to kill her husband, Matthew, 38
  • An art teacher is allegedly putting toxic lily of the valley roots in his food and drink
  • He became suspicious and installed a hidden camera, which allegedly caught her red-handed



A high school art teacher tried to kill her husband by mashing a poisonous flower and hiding it in his food and juices.

Sarah Schaefer, 37, was charged with attempted murder after her husband Matthew, 38, installed a hidden camera when he began to fall ill.

He watched his wife blend the contents of a green bowl, which was roots from a bag labeled “lily of the valley,” into a smoothie for him at their home in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Lily of the valley is a white flower that is popular at weddings but is toxic when eaten, especially its roots.

Sheaffer proudly wrote on her photography business Instagram page that she was a “mother of two wild things and wife to a bearded foodie”, but police claimed she planned to kill him and flee to Pakistan.

Sarah Shafer, 37, was charged with attempted murder after her husband Matthew, 38, installed a hidden camera when he began to fall ill.
Ms. Schiffer allegedly admitted during interrogation that she added the poisonous plant to the juice “with the intent to harm the victim.”
The couple have two sons – a young boy and an infant – and it is not clear whether Ms Schiffer planned to take them to Pakistan as part of her escape.

Schaeffer, a regional manager for US Foods, installed the security camera after he began to suspect his wife was trying to get him sick for the past six weeks.

“The victim described eight incidents in which the defendant served a drink or food that tasted strange,” the probable cause statement said.

“Shortly after taking it, he experienced extreme fatigue, confusion, blurred vision, severe cotton mouth, and nausea.”

Mr. Schaeffer confronted his wife on New Year's Day after she offered him a drink that tasted bitter, and she changed her story twice.

First, she bizarrely said she had urinated in his drink, then “admitted to putting a strong industrial adhesive in it,” then denied adding anything to it at all.

Ms. Schaefer is a design and art teacher at Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City (pictured on the school's website)
Mr Schaeffer secretly installed a camera facing the kitchen in their home in Jefferson City, Missouri (pictured) and allegedly caught her latest poisoning attempt

Now, her husband became extremely suspicious, and secretly installed a camera facing the kitchen that allegedly captured her latest poisoning attempt.

He stored the juice in the refrigerator and called the police on Tuesday, who took the drink for laboratory tests and later arrested his wife.

Ms. Schiffer allegedly admitted during interrogation that she added the poisonous plant to the juice “with the intent to harm the victim.”

The statement stated, “The accused admitted that he knew that eating lily of the valley could lead to death.”

The probable cause statement opposes bail because Ms. Schiffer told police she was in a relationship with someone in Pakistan and searched online for flights to the South Asian country.

Ms. Schaefer was charged with attempted murder and armed criminal action, and booked into the Cole County Jail.

She is a design and art teacher at Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City, which has put her on leave while the case is pending.

“The alleged conduct was outside the scope of the employee’s involvement with the school and did not involve a student or any other employee of the school,” Calvary Lutheran Executive Director John Christman said.

Lily of the valley is a white flower that is popular at weddings but is toxic when eaten, especially its roots
Ms. Schiffer is a professional artist and photographer who also teaches at a local high school

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