A teacher tried to kill her husband with poisoned juice: the cops
A 37-year-old Christian teacher was arrested in Missouri after she allegedly tried to kill her husband by poisoning his juices daily for nearly two months. Sarah E. B. Shaver was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with attempted first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action, authorities announced.
Schiffer allegedly admitted to surreptitiously giving her husband the “lily of the valley” plant, all parts of which authorities say “slow the heart” and “cause an irregular heartbeat.” It is classified as having ‘significant toxicity’.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Cole County Circuit Court, the woman’s husband suspected his wife had been putting “poisonous and/or toxic substances in his food and beverages without his knowledge for the past six weeks.”
The husband said there were about eight times his wife served him food or drink that tasted strange. Shortly after taking it, he claimed to experience “extreme fatigue, confusion, blurred vision, severe cotton mouth, and nausea.”
He told authorities that on December 31, his wife gave him juice that tasted unusually bitter. When he confronted her about the taste and accused her of putting something in his juice, she allegedly responded by claiming “she urinated in it,” then “admitted to putting a strong industrial adhesive in it,” and then “denied putting anything in the juice.” Drinks,” according to the affidavit.
As the husband became increasingly worried about his wife, he said that he installed a hidden surveillance camera in the kitchen. Reviewing the footage, the husband said at approximately 6:50 a.m. on January 16, he “observed a bag labeled ‘lily of the valley’ placed on a table in Schaefer’s work area inside the home.” There was also a green bowl on the table “containing what he described as a cyst root.” He photographed the container and its contents and showed it to police along with surveillance footage.
“The victim showed a video depicting the defendant adding items to the blender on 01-16-2024 at approximately 0745 hours,” the affidavit stated. Schaefer then “emptied the contents of what appeared to be the same bowl he had photographed earlier in the morning, into a blender, and the defendant blended the contents, poured the contents into a yellow insulated cup, and placed the cup in the refrigerator. The victim stated that the defendant made juice for him.”
The police confiscated the cup, sent it to a laboratory for examination, and questioned Schaefer about what she was giving to her husband.
“The defendant admitted to adding lily of the valley root to the blender while preparing a juice drink for the victim,” the affidavit said. Schaefer admitted that he did so with the intent to harm the victim. The accused admitted that he knew that eating lily of the valley could lead to death. The accused admitted that he knew that the act was illegal.”
Schaefer currently works at Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City, Missouri, which is “dedicated to building Christian leaders” through a “Christ-centered experience” for students and families. Schaefer is listed on the school’s website as a design and art teacher. She was appointed as the school’s new metropolitan arts leader in February of last year, the News Tribune reported.
John Christman, Calvary’s executive director, said he was notified of the allegations against Schaefer on Wednesday.
“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,” he wrote in an email to Columbia, Missouri-based KOMU. “As a Christian community, Calvary Lutheran High School believes in protecting the well-being of all individuals who are part of our programs and we seek to respond in a caring and sensitive manner to each individual in our school community.”
Schaefer is currently being held in the Cole County Jail without bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon.
Authorities recommended that Schaefer not be granted bail, noting in the affidavit that she claimed to have a “relationship with a person residing in Pakistan” and said she had “conducted Google searches for flights to Pakistan.”
(tags for translation)Attempted murder