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In the case of Stacey Castor after poisoning her husband and ex before attempting to kill and frame her daughter

A WOMAN made what appeared to be a desperate emergency call after her husband locked himself in her bedroom for over a day.

Concerned about her spouse, David Castor, Stacey Castor told the 911 dispatcher, “I’m really scared, you know?”

Stacey Castor killed her husband and tried to frame her own daughter for the crime

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Stacey Castor killed her husband and tried to frame her own daughter for the crimePhoto credit: ABC
Stacey married David Castor in 2003 before his mysterious death in 2005, which was believed to be suicide

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Stacey married David Castor in 2003 before his mysterious death in 2005, which was believed to be suicidePhoto credit: ABC
Stacey's ex-husband, Michael Wallace, also died under strange circumstances in 2000

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Stacey’s ex-husband, Michael Wallace, also died under strange circumstances in 2000Photo credit: ABC

An officer arrived at the scene and managed to gain entry to the locked room at the family home in Syracuse, New York.

Inside, David, 48, was found naked and unresponsive, covered in his own vomit, on the couple’s bed.

There was a glass of green liquid on the bedside table next to him and a jug of antifreeze on the floor.

Sgt. Michael Norton of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said, “It appears to be a simple suicide by antifreeze poisoning.”

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David was said to have sunk into a deep depression following his father’s death, just months before his own on August 22, 2005.

But detectives weren’t convinced he’d taken his own life, even after a coroner ruled antifreeze poisoning was the cause of death and manner of suicide.

No suicide note was found at the scene and David, a hunter, often kept a gun under his bed, making the choice of poisoning to end his life odd.

David’s ex-wife, Janice Poissant Farmer, insisted he did not kill himself.

Stacey and David met in 2001 after he hired her as a secretary for his heating and air conditioning company.

They married a few years later in 2003, the second for each of them, with Stacey bringing her two teenage daughters, Ashely and Bree, who became close to their stepfather.

Before marrying David, Stacey was married to Michael Wallace, whom she met when she was 17.

The two were married for over a decade before Michael died of a heart attack in 2000.

‘COLD BLOODED’

Suspicions began to grow during David’s funeral when his headstone was placed next to Michael’s, leading to detectives beginning to view Stacey as more than just the grieving widow.

A turkey hobbyist with traces of antifreeze and David’s DNA was discovered at the family home.

Stacey’s fingerprints were also found on the jar of antifreeze next to David’s body, suggesting the baster may have been used to force the liquid into David.

However, investigators needed more evidence before charges could be brought against Stacey, prompting them to investigate the death of her first husband.

Detectives learned that three months before his death, Michael complained to his doctor that he felt intoxicated even though he did not drink alcohol.

“This is a classic symptom of antifreeze poisoning,” District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick said.

Antifreeze poisoning, or ethylene glycol poisoning, leaves crystals in the body, said medical examiner Dr. Catherine Maloney.

But Michael’s body had to be exhumed to see if the crystals were there.

“The truth can stay buried in the ground for years,” Fitzpatrick said.

Michael was secretly exhumed in September 2007 when Stacey’s movements were secretly monitored to keep her in the dark about what was happening.

Crystals consistent with antifreeze poisoning were found in Michael’s body and detectives theorized that Stacey was behind the crime.

Both of her marriages, to Michael and Said, were believed to have soured shortly before the deaths of each of the men.

“It was just the easiest way to get rid of someone,” said Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office detective Dominick Spinelli, adding that Stacey “didn’t have to go through a messy divorce.”

Fitzpatrick called the deaths “in cold blood”.

BLUTED HER DAUGHTER

Stacey was brought back to the ward to question her about David’s death, during which she said, “I poured him Antifree, I mean cranberry juice.”

Stacey claimed she was confused after investigators called her about the slip before she was shown a photo of the turkey baster, prompting her to end the interview.

A week after the exhumation, Stacey called 911 again, claiming her daughter Ashley allegedly tried to kill herself with a deadly mix of alcohol and pills.

This time there was a suicide note in which Ashley confessed to having killed her father and stepfather. The word “antifree” appeared four times on the typewritten note.

Ashley would survive and was questioned by detectives at the hospital, where she claimed she had no idea what they were talking about.

“I didn’t kill my father,” she said. “I didn’t kill my stepfather. I didn’t try to kill myself. You must speak to my mother for answers.”

After searching Stacey’s computer, it was later discovered that the “confession” note was typed while Ashley was at school.

Stacey would eventually be charged with David’s murder four years after his death and attempted murder of their daughter, Ashley.

She was sentenced to 51 years of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Because she was behind bars for the rest of her life, authorities did not pursue charges related to the alleged murder of Michael Wallace.

Stacey Castor died of a heart attack at the age of 48, seven years after serving his sentence.

ABC’s 20/20 is a popular program hosted by Muir and Amy Robach that tells true crime stories.

David’s episode, entitled 20/20: Fatal Flaw – On The Rocks, is scheduled to premiere on ABC on August 5, 2022 at 8 p.m. EST.

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It’s also available to stream on Hulu the next day.

David’s murder and Ashely’s attempted murder were previously recounted in a Lifetime film entitled Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor.

As investigators began looking into her, Stacey attempted to murder her daughter and attempted to frame her with a fake suicide note

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As investigators began looking into her, Stacey attempted to murder her daughter and attempted to frame her with a fake suicide notePhoto credit: ABC
Stacey was sentenced to 51 years to life for the murder of David, she would later die in prison

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Stacey was sentenced to 51 years to life for the murder of David, she would later die in prisonPhoto credit: Courtesy of David Castor Jr.

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