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Cobras, Murder, and DNA

18 Oct

Does a snake make a good murder weapon? You bet. Sooraj Kumar tried to kill his wife with a cobra. The first time he didn’t get it right so he tried again. It worked. Fortunately, he was convicted.

https://www.newser.com/story/312130/on-2nd-try-he-killed-wife-with-a-snake.html

This isn’t a new idea. One ongoing argument is whether Cleopatra was murdered or took her own life with that poisonous asp. 

Then there’s the case of Ryan Felton Sauter. A clumsy attempt at best.

https://www.statesman.com/news/20180702/police-caldwell-county-man-uses-rattlesnake-in-neighbor-dispute

The late Glen Summerford, a snake-handling preacher, employed rattlesnakes in the attempted murder of his wife Darlene. He was also convicted. This took place about 50 miles from where I grew up so it resonated and I used this concept as I plotted my 3rd Samantha Cody thriller, ORIGINAL SIN.

I also used it in an early episode of my podcast Criminal Mischief: The Art and Science of Crime Fiction.

 

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