October 3, 1982 – A Sunday Ambush – Tainted Tylenol
Flare ups in the Middle East and a scare in the Chicago area. A bus carrying Israeli soldiers was ambushed outside of Beirut on this day, killing 6 and wounding 22. Israeli troops were combing the hills some six miles from the Syrian lines, in search of the attackers. Both the PLO and Syria had thousands of troops still stationed in Northern and Eastern Lebanon. Syria said it was willing to pull out if Israeli forces left at the same time. Israeli Television broadcast an interview purportedly with a man identified as a Deputy Commander in the Christian Falangist Forces of Lebanon. He was identified as Michel on the television interview and said he had admitted the killing of at least 15 Palestinians in a massacre near Beirut two weeks earlier.
Meanwhile, investigators said they had some 20 or 30 suspects, but no hard leads as to who put Cyanide in capsules of Extra-Strength Tylenol, killing seven people in the Chicago area. Illinois Attorney General Tyrone Fahner said there may have been more than one killer at work because some of the contaminated capsules were damaged when they were put back together, while others, apparently from different bottles, looked untouched. Fahner said at the news conference that they were looking at several suspects whose behavior was considered abnormal – people at the retail level who may have come in and complained or disgruntled former employees. Fahner went on to say tests were being performed on some capsules believed to be Tylenol, picked up at a Parking lot by two Police Officers, who became ill the following day. TV ads for Extra-Strength Tylenol were pulled across the country, but no Cyanide had been found in any of the thousands of capsules tested in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
And that’s a little of what went on, this October 3rd, 1982 as reported by ABC Radio Hourly News.