- The case where a Colorado dentist poisons wife is one of the most “heinous, complex, and calculated murders,” according to the police.
- James Toliver Craig came under scrutiny after he drove his 43-year-old wife, Angela Craig, to a hospital on Wednesday night as she complained of severe headaches and dizziness, according to police.
- Her condition quickly worsened, and medical staff placed her on a machine meant to help her breathe before declaring her dead.
- The hospital called the police, suspecting that Angela Craig’s sudden illness was suspicious.
- They also obtained a warrant to arrest Craig on a count of first-degree murder, and he was jailed on Sunday morning.
The case where a Colorado dentist poisons wife is one of the most “heinous, complex, and calculated murder” according to the police.
Although appearing besotted with his wife, police allege that James Toliver Craig had been placing poison in her food and drinks for a period of 10 months.
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His sinister plot was only revealed when he drove Angela Craig to the hospital on Wednesday night while she experienced extreme headaches and dizziness.
Despite the medical staff’s efforts to save her life, they were ultimately unsuccessful and she was declared dead.
The hospital called the police, suspecting that Angela Craig’s sudden illness was suspicious.
Homicide detectives launched an investigation and determined that the victim had been poisoned.
Authorities did not reveal any details about the alleged crime, but according to court documents obtained by the Daily Beast, investigators found evidence that James Craig arranged for a canister of potassium cyanide to be sent to his office days before Angela died of suspected cyanide poisoning.
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They also contended that he had searched for ways “to end his wife’s life…undetected, [provided] her poisons that align with her hospitalized symptoms, and [worked] on starting a new life with” a paramour.
Investigators allegedly found “intimate” and “sexually explicit” emails between James Craig and an orthodontist who had flown into town from Austin, Texas, to see him while his wife was dying in the hospital.
They also obtained a warrant to arrest Craig on a count of first-degree murder, and he was jailed on Sunday morning.
According to a work bio and video posted online, Craig is married with six children. He said he taught as an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Dentistry for three years and has been practicing dentistry in the Aurora area since 2006.
Court documents say James Craig had allegedly tried to poison Angela Craig at least once about five years earlier, as he engaged in “multiple affairs with several women.”
He had also threatened suicide during that time, Angela Craig’s sister alleged.
An interview that the Daily Beast published with a person close to Angela Craig’s family added even more context.
The person, whose name was withheld, said Angela Craig had been dealing with headaches and dizziness for a couple of weeks and had been medically examined for the symptoms at least twice before her hospitalization on Wednesday.
Her relatives hoped it was just a sinus infection, which she had suffered from previously, but her hospitalization indicated something more serious was wrong. Meanwhile, James Craig became conspicuously absent after his wife was hospitalized.
“He [had] not been around the family much in the last few days,” the person whom the Daily Beast interviewed said. “That led to some suspicion.”
After learning that Angela Craig was hospitalized, an employee at James Craig’s office who had noticed the potassium cyanide canister that was delivered there worked with others to get word to a nurse about the poison.
James Craig allegedly made travel plans for his mistress to visit him during three separate date ranges in March that lined up almost perfectly with his wife’s visits to the hospital, including the last one.
One of the purported emails from James Craig to his mistress allegedly said, “something had happened to Angela.”
The arrest has left Angela Craig’s family grappling with “a lot of grief and a lot of anger,” said the person whom the Daily Beast interviewed.
Craig ran the Summerbrook dental group practice before his arrest. The group filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, citing “unexpected financial and legal issues” as the reasons for its closure.