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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Major Development in Church Poisoning Case

Almost three years after the crime occurred, the Maine State Police and Attorney General are ready to announce a "major development" in the case of arsenic poisoning that left one person dead and 15 others sick. There will be a news conference later today at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Bangor.

On April 27, 2003, members of the Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church in New Sweden grew ill after drinking tainted coffee at a church gathering. Church member Daniel Bondeson shot himself five days later, and left a suicide note implicating himself and suggesting he hadn't acted alone. Police have been tight-lipped about the case, but have assured the public that the other shoe would someday drop.

Update (5:12 p.m.): As it turns out, the "major development" is a bit disappointing—at least to Maine's conspiracy theorists: "We have concluded that there is insufficient evidence at this time to believe that anyone other than Daniel Bondeson was involved in the arsenic poisoning at the Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church."
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