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Extortion By Virus

29 Mar

The butler apparently did do it. It seems that Emanuel Nicolescu, a former butler for Anne Bass, devised a very unusual extortion scheme that sounds like something from a Sci Fi movie. Maybe one of the many incarnations of the classic DOA.

 

In the real life version, Nicolescu allegedly injected Mrs. Bass with a “deadly virus” and told her that unless she forked over $8.5 million she would die. Seems the money was for the “antidote.” Of course, Mrs. Bass didn’t know that viruses don’t have antidotes and her butler likely didn’t have the expertise or equipment to grow and isolate “deadly viruses.” Fortunately, Nicolescu and his partners in crime got nervous and fled the scene, only to be later captured. Of course, Mrs. Bass survived without the “antidote.”

Can you think of anything more sinister than this? I can.

The Schmidt HIV Case

In 1994, Dr. Richard Schmidt, under the guise of delivering healthcare, injected his girlfriend with blood taken from one of his HIV-infected patients. Six months later she was diagnosed with AIDS and went to the police. Sifting through Schmidt’s records, investigators discovered that he had drawn blood from one of his AIDS patients on the same night that he had injected the victim. This was critical since the AIDS virus can only survive a few hours outside the human body.

The main problem facing investigators was that the HIV virus mutates often so making a match between the virus taken from the unsuspecting source patient with that found in the victim could be problematic. Either could have mutated to the point that no conclusive match would be possible. Samples were then taken from 32 other HIV-infected individuals in the area. Testing revealed that the samples taken from the patient source and the victim ex-girlfriend matched almost exactly, while the others did not, proving that no major HIV viral mutation had occurred in the immediate population. Schmidt was convicted of second-degree attempted-murder and sentenced to 50 years.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in DNA, Interesting Cases, Medical Issues

 

4 responses to “Extortion By Virus

  1. omnivorous cinephile

    March 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

    One horrific case was the Brian Stewart case in St. Charles, MO. Stewart was a phlebotonist. His on-again, off-again girlfriend had become pregnant in 1992 and paternity tests determined he was the father, although he denied it. Stewart took a vial of HIV-tainted blood from the hospital lab and injected it into the baby, hoping the baby would die and he wouldn’t have to pay child support. The boy, Brryan Jackson, almost died several times during his young life, but he held on and survived his childhood. Stewart was convicted of 1st Degree Assault in 1998 and was sentenced to the maximum penalty. The judge at sentencing compared him to the worse war criminal. Brryan is currently a student at St Charles Community College and is an AIDS activist.

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  2. Pat Brown

    March 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Interesting, but she wouldn’t have been diagnosed with AIDS. AIDS is the very final stage that comes out of the HIV virus weakening the body to the point it can’t fight even simple illnesses. She would have been diagnosed with HIV.

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    • Robert D

      June 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      She was diagnosed with AIDS, When your cd4 is less than 200 you are diagnsed as having AIDS.
      Also the story did not mention that she was also injected with the hep c virus.

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  3. Elaine Abramson aka E.S. Abramson

    March 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Doug,

    Are you talking about Anne Bass of the billionaire Bass family of Fort Worth, Texas? That family had numerous wierd things happen, and they were regularly written up in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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