Woman Accused of Poisoning Friend with Eye Drops, Making It Look Like Suicide: Police

Woman Accused of Poisoning Friend with Eye Drops, Making It Look Like Suicide: Police

June 8, 2021

Investigators claim she also stole $290k from the victim.

A Wisconsin woman has been accused of fatally poisoning her friend with eye drops then staging it to look like a suicide, according to prosecutors.

Jessy Kurczewski, 37, was charged on Friday with homicide after police claimed she had used a lethal dose of tetrahydrozoline — a main ingredient in eye drops — to kill her friend in 2018. As she was accused of stealing more than $290,000 from the victim, Kurczewski was also charged with two counts of felony theft.

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On Oct. 3, 2018, Kurczewski called police to say she found her friend unresponsive at the friend’s home, according to a criminal complaint. When the Waukesha County sheriff’s department arrived, they found an unconscious woman lying in a recliner, with a “large amount of crushed medication on her chest and a plate directly to the left of her with a large amount of what appeared to be crushed up medication still on the plate,” per reports.

Investigators initially believed the death could have been a drug overdose — although friends of the victim claimed that was highly unlikely — until the toxicology report came back indicating poison by tetrahydrozoline.

When police told Kurczewski that her friend had died of it and that the scene looked staged for a suicide, she claimed her friend wanted it that way and “must have staged her own suicide with the crushed pills.”

It wasn’t until July 9, 2019 that investigators got a search warrant for Kurczewski’s home and arrested her. While in custody, authorities claim she said she had seen her friend drink “vodka with Visine” on numerous occasions before her death; When she admitted she gave the victim a water bottle filled with six bottles of Visine, Kurczewski said she didn’t think it would harm her friend because of the friend’s past use of such a cocktail.

Police also looked into Kurczewski’s finances and concluded she committed more than $290,000 worth of fraud, including $130,204 that was “transferred fraudulently” by check from the victim to Kurczewski.

Kurczewski made her first appearance in Waukesha County court on Monday. The cash bond was set at $1 million and she is due back in court later this month.

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