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    ""Cough Syrup Made Me Kill My Wife"



    An aspiring pastor charged with murdering his wife claimed he took too much cough medicine before finding her fatally stabbed beside him.

    Matthew Phelps, 29, called 911 Friday after 1 a.m. to report that he had killed his wife Lauren Phelps, who was stabbed multiple times in their Raleigh, N.C, home, the News and Observer reported.

    Lauren, also 29, was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

    “I had a dream and then I turned on the lights and she’s dead on the floor,” Phelps told a 911 dispatcher, according to the newspaper.

    “How? How? How?” the dispatcher asked.

    “There’s blood all over me, and there’s a bloody knife on the bed,” Phelps replied. “I think I did it.”

    “I can’t believe I did this,” he continued after a long pause over the phone with the dispatcher.

    Phelps admitted taking Coricidin, a cough and cold medicine, because it made him “feel good” and couldn’t sleep at night.

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    He also told the dispatcher he was covered in dried blood and didn’t help his wife because he didn’t know if she was breathing.

    “Oh my God,” he said. “Oh God. She didn’t deserve this. Why?”

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    Husband claims he found his wife dead after taking cough medicine - NY Daily News

    I approve of allowing a defense the widest possible latitude to come up with a theory on which the defendant is not guilty. I approve of allowing the defense that the killer was sleep-walking when he killed his spouse without any intent to harm. (I don't myself believe it, but I admit it is possible.....)

    But this just strains credulity too far for me. He took an over the counter cough syrup because he couldn't sleep and -- viola,! -- wakes up hours later next to his wife's dead body?

    Do you think this very, very, very unlikely defense theory should be permitted to be heard when/if this man goes on trial for her murder?

    I say, no. We don't owe it to the defendant to hear a pack of bold-faced lies from his lawyer.

    Your thoughts?

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    I don't buy it. "Too much cough syrup" makes it difficult to navigate stairs. It doesn't make someone violent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    I don't buy it. "Too much cough syrup" makes it difficult to navigate stairs. It doesn't make someone violent.
    The active ingredients in cough syrup that make an adult drowsy are unchanged since the 1970's AT LEAST, and there is not ONE reported case in which a consumer was driven to violence whilst in a fugue state or anything remotely like it.

    Hell, I am not sure I would believe this even if he had taken LSD.

    It's just a stupid lie, because he panicked on the phone with the 911 operator.

    He's guilty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    I don't buy it. "Too much cough syrup" makes it difficult to navigate stairs. It doesn't make someone violent.
    It looks like this crap can cause psychosis, similar to meth?

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3977765/
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    Quote Originally Posted by PACE View Post
    It looks like this crap can cause psychosis, similar to meth?

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3977765/
    It can, and people take too much for that reason.
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    Mad, are you still watching True Crime shows? I bailed do to lack of the I/D channel which has the best ones. I'm hoping 'Web of Lies' comes to Hulu. That was new and my fav when I had cable.

    They show some good ones on one of the three ABC channels I get with antenna, but hardly ever at the times I want to watch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PACE View Post
    It looks like this crap can cause psychosis, similar to meth?

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3977765/
    Holy shit.

    I sit corrected. Thank you for that data!

    I take back what I said. This defense SHOULD be allowed at trial, because there IS a chance it's true.

    (I am getting more and more paranoid about the possible side effects of OTC drugs, TBH.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PACE View Post
    It looks like this crap can cause psychosis, similar to meth?

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3977765/
    He'd have to have downed at least a bottle or two of the stuff.
    Last edited by Djinn; 5th September 2017 at 05:46 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    Mad, are you still watching True Crime shows? I bailed do to lack of the I/D channel which has the best ones. I'm hoping 'Web of Lies' comes to Hulu. That was new and my fav when I had cable.

    They show some good ones on one of the three ABC channels I get with antenna, but hardly ever at the times I want to watch.

    O yeah. But I can't get OWN or ID channels, even on Roku atm. I am watching everything on YouTube at this time.

    I have seen all the Forensic Files episodes like 3xs already. There's not really great forensic science true crime on tv anywhere, but that Autopsy tv series on HBO isn't terrible.

    If you have not seen them, there are also a couple of terrific NOVA episodes on forensic science.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    He's have to have downed at least a bottle or two of the stuff.
    If you look at the new drug of choice:

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...-drug/4793865/

    Sizzurp. soda, cough syrup and Jolly Ranchers;

    Purple Jesus, remember that? or maybe you don't, or also known as cactus juice, purple juice or PJ for short

    The Truth About Your Folks` Secret - tribunedigital-chicagotribune

    My generation drank that crap, today's generation drinks sizzurp.

    There's no telling how much this person consumed, the question will be, forensically, what signs are there that this wife fought off the attack?

    Were they both high?

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