Wednesday, May 13, 2015
This Time It's Personal By Peggy Lee
I’ve helped dozens of people with the things I know about gardening, poisonous plants, and forensic botany. I’ve worked with the police, the Medical Examiner’s office, and even federal agencies.
But this time it’s personal.
It broke my heart to see my garden shop, the Potting Shed, completely destroyed by vandals, especially at a critical time when we’d just received an expensive shipment of plants for a landscaping job.
To see all those plants torn apart was terrible.
It was even worse to find out my partner, Sam, had been duped into ordering the plants twice for a woman who scammed him into doing it.
But that was no pain at all compared to my son being charged with murder.
I worked the beginning of that murder case with the ME's office, identifying the plant toxins used to line a mink coat and kill a young woman.
But the killer used my job against me. The police know who I am and what I do. That made my son, Paul, appear even guiltier. There was nothing I could do to protect him.
If there is one thing life has taught me, it’s that you have to fight for what you want. I’m willing to fight back to make sure Paul doesn’t go to prison for another person’s crime – another person who really wants to get even with me for a long ago offense.
I’m not sure how I’m going to find that person yet, but when I do, I’ll make sure he or she doesn’t do this to anyone else.
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