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Stacey Castor (July 24, 1967 – June 11, 2016) was an American convicted murderer. In 2009, she was found guilty of intentionally poisoning her then-husband David Castor with antifreeze in 2005 and attempting to murder her daughter, Ashley Wallace, with crushed pills mixed in with vodka, orange juice, and Sprite in 2007. In addition, she is suspected of having murdered her first husband, Michael Wallace, in 2000; his grave lies next to David Castor’s. The story made national news, and Castor was subsequently named “The Black Widow” by media outlets. A special two-hour edition of ABC’ 20/20 aired on April 24, 2009, to provide the full story of the Castor case.
On March 5, 2009, at Castor’s sentencing, Chief Assistant District Attorney Christine Garvey asked Fahey to impose the maximum consecutive sentences because of the brutality of David’s death. Further, he criticized how Castor had “partied in her backyard with friends like nothing was happening” as Ashley was comatose in her room. “She is cold, calculating and without any emotion for what she has done,” he stated. “Human life is sacred. Stacey Castor places no value on human life, not even her own flesh and blood. To Stacey Castor, human beings are disposable.”
David’s son, whom Castor had cheated out of his will, pleaded with Judge Fahey for Castor to be severely punished. “Your honor, [Castor] is a monster and a threat to society,” he said. “She has created so much pain and death with this, creating multiples of pain and death, in the families of those she has hurt.”
Judge Fahey told Castor that he had never seen a parent attempt to murder their child in order to set their child up for a crime they themselves committed and declared Castor “in a class all by [her]self.” He sentenced her to the maximum of 25 years to life for the murder of David Castor, and to another 25 years for the attempt to kill Ashley. For forging David’s will, he ordered Castor to serve an additional 11⁄3 to four years in prison.
Castor was found dead in her cell on the morning of June 11, 2016. It was not apparent how she had died and the manner of her death remains undetermined until further testing is concluded.
I never knew what hate was until now. Even though I do hate her, I still love her at the same time. That bothers me, it is so confusing. How can you hate someone and love them at the same time? I just wish that she would say sorry for everything she did, including all the lies. As horrible as it makes me feel, this is goodbye mom. As hard as you tried, I survived and I will survive because now I’m surrounded by people that love me. I’m going to do good things in this world despite making me in every sense of the word an orphan. — Ashley Wallace
Jan. 11, 2000 – Michael Wallace dies, Weedsport.
Aug. 20, 2005 – David W. Castor Sr. dies, Liverpool; alleged motive was to seize her dead husband’s $300 thousand estate through a forged will.
2005 – A joint investigation began in 2005 after 48-year-old David Castor died from ethylene glycol poisoning in Liverpool.
Sep. 13, 2007 – tried to murder her daughter, Ashley Wallace (20), who survived poisoning. Her mother forged a “suicide note” on Ashley’s computer.
Sep. 14, 2007 – Stacey Castor arrested.
2007 – charged with second degree murder, second degree attempted murder, and offering a false instrument in the first degree.
Jan. 27, 2009 – in trial Stacey Castor’s fiancee, Michael Ochsner, is caught lying under testimony.
Feb. 5, 2009 – Castor was found guilty of second degree murder in the poisoning death of David and of attempted second degree murder for overdosing her daughter Ashley with drugs and vodka.
Mar. 5, 2009 – sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder of David Castor, plus 25 years for the attempt to kill Ashley. For forging David’s will, an additional 11⁄3 to four years in prison.
For links to other cases of woman who murdered 2 or more husbands (or paramours), see Black Widow Serial Killers.
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