This 78 years old woman who was being characterized by the Crown as "cold, calculating, .... " was found guilty and sentenced to 3.5 years in jail. According to news report, her husband/boyfriend/partner(s) all seemed to die or get sick after falling for her charm.
She has been nicknamed the Black Widow for her abilities to spin lies and trap the senior male victims. Even the Chief Justice warns: 'People who have contact with this lady should be careful.'
To all older gentlemen out there, don't let this woman start your engine !!!!
Photo Credit/Caption: (CBC) Melissa Shepard, who has gone by several last names, was charged under the surname Weeks because she had married Fred Weeks days before her latest arrest. Facing an attempted murder count, she pleaded guilty Monday to lesser charges and was sentenced Tuesday.
Woman, 78, called cold and calculating by Crown, pleaded guilty to lesser charge after husband fell ill
Posted: Jun 11, 2013 10:52 AM ATLast Updated: Jun 11, 2013 12:47 PM AT
Internet Black Widow is back in custody as police investigate the attempted murder of her current husband.
The Black Widow: She preyed on the lonely, then married and buried them.
Text and photo credit: CBC TV Fifth Estate (originally aired Feb 20, 2012)
She brought hopes of love and romance but instead she turned out to be a predator who gained the trust of vulnerable, elderly men and then, their family members say, she tried to kill them. In Black Widow, the fifth estate tells the incredible story of Melissa Stewart, also known as Melissa Shephard and Melissa Friedrich.
In 1992, Melissa was convicted of manslaughter in the death of her second husband, Gordon Stewart. She claimed that as she attempted to get away from him after he had raped her, she had to drive over him, twice. She was released from prison in 1994, after becoming the sympathetic focus of an NFB documentary When Women Kill, and established herself publicly as a victim of spousal abuse.
Melissa married widower Robert Friedrich in June 2000. His health deteriorated soon after that and his family suspects Melissa in his death. Her next lover, an elderly man living in Florida named Alex Strategos whom she met online, was committed to a nursing home after he suspiciously began to get sick. While he was in there, Melissa helped herself to his bank account.
The fifth estate’s Linden MacIntyre talks to the family members of the dead men as well as Melissa’s last lover, Alex Strategos. He reveals Melissa drugged him with so much medication that he ended up in the hospital eight times in just under two months and signed over power of attorney to a woman he barely knew.
We also meet Florida businessman Sunny Decker, the man who could have become Melissa’s next victim had she not been arrested. Decker was one of twenty men from across the United States and Canada who Melissa made contact with via an Internet dating site. She had dinner with Decker while Alex Strategos was sitting in a nursing home.
How does Melissa account for these allegations and her actions? In an exclusive interview from a Florida prison, Melissa talks publicly to Linden MacIntyre about her life, her loves and her crimes.
Please visit the CBC website for more detailed info, documentation, pictures, and video: http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/2008-2009/black_widow/