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Canadian, nicknamed `Black Widow,` pleads guilty

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 09:24

Sydney (Canada): A Canadian woman nicknamed the "Black Widow" for her ability to persuade grieving widowers to marry her has pleaded guilty to drugging a man she married days earlier.

Melissa Ann Shepard, 78, pleaded guilty on Monday to administering a noxious substance and failing to provide the necessities of life.

An attempted murder charge was dropped.

She was charged last October after Fred Weeks fell ill at a bed and breakfast in Nova Scotia four days after they married.
The Prosecutor read an agreed statement of facts, saying Shepard gave the 75-year-old Weeks benzodiazepine, a tranquilizer, in his drinks while they were on a honeymoon trip in Newfoundland.

Shepard`s past criminal record includes manslaughter and theft that are linked to relationships with other men she met in Canada and the United States.

First Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 09:24
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