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.
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.
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.