Why, Grandma — What Copious Amounts of Tranquilizers You Have
Criminals come in all shapes and sizes, and their stories never cease to amaze us.
We all know that looks can be deceiving, but the case of habitual offender Melissa Ann Shepard is especially fascinating. Shepard, who turns 81 in May, was released from jail in March after serving three years for poisoning her most recent husband while still on their “honeymoon.”
But this isn’t the octogenarian’s first run in with the law. In fact, Shepard has been in and out of jail for nearly 40 years, and her story just keeps getting stranger. Born in Burnt Church, New Brunswick in 1935, Shepard has been convicted of numerous fraud offenses, poisoning, and manslaughter. Between 1977 and 1991 alone, she served time for over 30 convictions of fraud.
Dubbed Canada’s “Internet Black Widow” serial killer, Melissa was arrested yet again just this week, simply for accessing a computer in a local library. For this old woman, a computer can be a deadly weapon.
Here’s what you need to know.