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Sylvia Mitchell did not let ‘a simple little problem get in the way of her marriage to 85year-old Andrew Vlasto of Las Vegas, NV. The little problem was her three children and the man she was living with when she was attracted to… Vlasto’s bank accounts. In order to keep her new hubby from being too frisky, she pumped him full of Valium, Tylenol with codeine and other drugs. In fact, the one thing that saved her from a murder rap when Vlasto died was the fact that Mitchell had not yet gone through all of his money. He still had another $400,000 she’d not yet managed to siphon — although she had grabbed $80,000 in the first month of the marriage.
A story which ran in the San Francisco Examiner, about five men between the ages of 87 and 98 who were slowly poisoned to death in what was termed a “Gypsy Sweetheart Swindle” and came to be called “The Digitalis Murders,” was mailed to Vlasto’s nephew and the investigation began shortly thereafter.
Mitchell accepted a plea of second degree manslaughter and -faces a 5- to 15-year prison sentence.
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