Poisonous Liaisons

About the show

Poison has long been a weapon of choice, in cases of defence, to gain inheritance and for revenge in crimes of passion. We trace both the history and the science of poison in connection with modern crimes.


Upcoming episodes

Sep 21st

Lethal Lovers

Ellie Tran’s ex-boyfriend, Joseph Merlino III was an aggressive and ruthless poisoner. He chose to take the life of the mother of his daughter by attacking her in the driveway of her home with a syringe filled with cyanide – on Valentine’s Day. A brutal and callous assault leaving Ellie to die a horrid death and her family devastated. Merlino’s computer revealed searches on cyanide and also coded messages in an attempt to set up an alibi, but the police saw through his facade.
Sep 22nd

Wives and Lies

Audrey Marie Hilley’s husband, Frank Hilley, supposedly died of infectious hepatitis in 1975. He had been ill for some time, but because his symptoms aligned with hepatitis, no tests for poison were carried out. Audrey Marie’s daughter then became ill – eventually her physician suspected heavy metal poisoning. By now, Audrey Marie Hilley was on the run, eluding police for several years during which time she remarried and faked her own death, but the net closed in. Hilley became the model prisoner and was granted a 3 day leave pass – disappearing again. This time she was captured after four days hiding in the woods in cold temperatures and pouring rain – muddy and incoherent she passed out, delivering the final chapter in a twisted tale.
Sep 23rd

Double Deceit

When Orange County detective, Yvonne Shull, opened up Linda Curry’s cold case file, it began a seven year journey into the toxic machinations of a consummate liar. Linda Curry’s family were certain the murderer was her husband – they believed he had been slowly poisoning her to death. They were right. The determined cold case homicide investigator proved that if you’re a suspect, always be looking over your shoulder, because someone is going to be out there looking for you.