Cold Case – Tylenol Murders
Students will research the Tylenol Murders and develop a criminal profile for who law enforcement should be looking for.
*Lesson objective written with this downloadable guide -> Writing Learning Objectives Guide
Circumspect, Blithe, Comprehension, Enmity, Tribulation
Online Resources for Today:
*No warm up today*
Task #1 ( Tylenol Murders Psychological Evaluation)
Today you will finish looking over the Tylenol Murders. If you were gone on Friday, I have given you information and links below about it. You each will individually go through and fill out a criminal profile attempting to figure out who authorities should be looking for with regards to this crime. The format is below for reference. If I do not have your work by tomorrow morning it will have to go in as a “0”.
Original Newspaper (Click to to Enlarge):
Summary of Tylenol Murder Case:
In late September/early October 1982, seven Chicago-area people died from popping Tylenol pills laced with cyanide. Adam Janus was experiencing chest pain. He popped a few Extra-Strength Tylenol and collapsed an hour later. He died. That night, Janus’ younger brother and sister-in-law, grief-stricken and achey, popped a few of Adam’s Tylenol pills. They died. A 12-year old girl with a cold took some Extra-Strength Tylenol on account of a cold. Dead. All in all, seven were felled by the poisoned pills. Hysteria followed. A 1982 TIME story reports, “Police cruisers, rolling through Chicago streets Thursday afternoon and evening, blared warnings over loudspeakers.” The drug was removed from shelves. Vague copycat incidents — pins and needles discovered in candy bars — led several communities to ban Halloween trick-or-treating. A gentleman was arrested after trying to extort Johnson & Johnson for $100,000, though he was never charged with the murders. Tamper-proof seals became the norm.
Links to Case Information:
Information Web Link -> Tylenol Murder Case
Name: Name of the case
Referred by: Mr. Tyler
Psychologists: Your names
Place of Examination: Cesar Chavez High School
Date of Examination: 5-12-2017
Date of Report: 5-12-2017
List the methods you will use to research and analyze this killer in order. Feel free to use bullet format in this section.
Start with several important facts of the case. Which of the seven key theories do you think explains why this killer murdered? What evidence do you have to support your belief? Do you think the killer served any jail/prison time before? Why? What is your evidence? What job do you think the killer had? Blue collar or white collar? Why?
Was the killer organized or disorganized? What evidence do you have to support your belief? Use your organized/disorganized killer chart. What signs of stalking do you think the killer had? In other words, how do you think the killer acted like a stalker?
What psychiatric (mental) disorders do you think the killer suffered from if any? What evidence do you have to support your belief?
Briefly summarize the report as a whole. Some audiences (judges, busy psychiatrists) read only the summary, so you must be succinct, clear, and direct.
Recommendations: Who specifically should law enforcement be looking for? Be descriptive as possible. What type of job? What type of personality? Make sure to explain your claims.