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‘Internet Black Widow’ charged with attempted murder

The Chamber’s Guest House Bed and Breakfast in North Sydney, N.S., where a Fred and Millie Weeks stayed, is shown on Monday, October 1, 2012. Media reports in Nova Scotia say a 77-year-old woman arrested in connection with the suspected attempted murder of her husband in Cape Breton is a woman who became infamously known as the "Internet Black Widow." The reports say the woman arrested is Melissa Ann Friedrich, also known as Millie Weeks.


Police in Cape Breton have charged a 77-year-old woman infamously known as the "Internet Black Widow" with attempted murder after her husband suddenly became ill.

Melissa Ann Weeks of New Glasgow, N.S., is also charged with administering a noxious thing.

Investigators say the accused's 75-year-old husband was taken to hospital in Sydney, N.S., on the weekend after falling ill at an inn.

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They arrested a woman following an investigation into the health of the New Glasgow man who police say has since been treated and released.

Ms. Weeks appeared Tuesday in Sydney provincial court. She was remanded into custody until Friday for a bail hearing.

Ms. Weeks was sentenced in 2005 to five years in prison on seven counts of theft from a man in Florida she had met online.

Investigators in that case said she stole about $20,000 (U.S.) from Alexander Strategos.

In 2001, she was convicted of manslaughter in the death of her husband, Gordon Stewart, who she had drugged and run over twice with a car in 1991 outside Halifax.

She served two years of a six-year sentence for that crime.

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