As the 31st anniversary of the 1982 Tylenol murders approaches, a multijurisdictional task force established in 2007 continues to investigate the Chicago area poisonings, the Arlington Heights Police Department report in a release.
Since 2007, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been the coordinating agency for the task force. In that lead role, the FBI provided valuable resources to task force partners which include: the Illinois State Police, as well as the Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Lombard, Schaumburg, Chicago and Winfield Police Departments, the release says. The FBI has now transferred coordination of the task force investigation to the agencies that have jurisdiction for the prosecution of the murders.
The FBI will continue to provide resources in areas of expertise as needed to support the investigation. The investigation is ongoing and active. The task force is continuing to work with the Cook County and Du Page County State’s Attorney’s Offices’ for a successful conclusion.
The victims of this product tampering case were Mary Kellerman, age 12, of Elk Grove Village; Adam Janus, age 27, of Arlington Heights; Stanley Janus, age 25 and Theresa Janus, age 19, both of Lisle; Mary Reiner, age 27, of Winfield; Mary McFarland, age 31, of Elmhurst; and Paula Prince, age 35, of Chicago. All seven were determined to have ingested cyanide laced Extra Strength Tylenol capsules on or shortly after September 29, 1982.