Arlington Heights police say they'll take over the still-unsolved investigation into a series of deaths of people who took cyanide-laced Tylenol more than three decades ago. Local agencies will work together after the FBI decided to no longer lead the investigation into the 1982 Chicago area poisonings. A message left with the FBI wasn't immediately returned.
A task force examining the seven deaths once had 140 members, including federal, state and local investigators who were chasing down thousands of leads. No one was ever charged. The poisoned Tylenol was consumed over three days in Chicago and four suburbs, triggering a national scare and a huge recall. The poisonings led to the widespread adoption of tamperproof packaging for over-the-counter drugs.
Support Your Public Radio Station