Tylenol poisonings

February 4, 2009 12:57:13 PM PST
Federal agents have searched the Massachusetts home of a man linked to the fatal 1982 Tylenol poisonings in the Chicago area.

No one was ever charged with the deaths of seven people who took the cyanide-laced drugs. The FBI would not immediately confirm that the search in Cambridge was related to the Tylenol investigation.

But James W. Lewis served more than 12 years in prison for sending an extortion note to Johnson & Johnson demanding $1-million to "stop the killing." He moved to the Boston area after getting out of prison in 1995.

The tainted Tylenol deaths triggered a national scare that prompted dramatic changes in the way almost all food and medical products are packaged.