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Continued from page 1 played on the fear generated by the Tylenol deaths in an attempt to carry out bis extortion scheme. ,' In his final words to the', jury Thursday afternoon, Webb attacked the defense theory as "ridiculous" and unleashed a strong barrage against Lewis. "The man who wrote that letter Is a vicious and mean person," Webb told the jury. "The man who wrote that letter is an evil and a depraved opportunist who was trying to turn a tragedy to his own benefit." THEN, TURNING from the jury and stabbing a finger at Lewis, Webb said, "That man is you, James Lewis." Lewis was a tax consultant in Kansas Kansas City. Mo., before coming to Chicago Chicago with his wife in December, 1961. Lewis worked at a series of temporary jobs, and his wife worked for McCahey at Lakeside Travel Agency until it went out of business in April, 1982. Testimony showed that Lewis and his wife moved to New York City on Sept. 6, 1982, before the Tylenol murders occurred on Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 1. On Oct. 6, Lewis wrote an anonymous anonymous letter to Johnson and Johnson in which he demanded that (1 million be wired to a Chicago bank account "to stop the .killing.' THE NEXT week, an FBI investigation investigation identified Lewis as the author of the letter and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Following a massive manhunt, he was captured in a public library in New York City on Dec. 12. In May, while awaiting trial here, Lewis was convicted m Kansas City of mail fraud in a credit card scheme. Evidence about the conviction conviction and another apparent extortion extortion scheme were submitted to the jury in the Tylenol case. Lewis was never charged in connection connection with the Tylenol murders, which remain unsolved

Clipped from Chicago Tribune, 28 Oct 1983, Fri,  Page 2

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Chicago Tribune
(Chicago, Illinois)
28 Oct 1983, Fri  • Page 2