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Man accused of taking lethal measures for romantic revenge

Man Accused of Taking Lethal Measures for Romantic Revenge
A former Eagle Scout near Philadelphia is accused of taking lethal measures for romantic revenge.

'Police say that 19-year-old Nicholas Helman sent a scratch-and-sniff birthday card laced with ricin to his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend,' 'GMA' reports.

Fortunately, though, WCAU says Helman foiled his own alleged murder plot when he told a co-worker about it.

'Bucks County authorities say Helman bragged to a co-worker saying he put a scratch-and-sniff birthday card laced with ricin in the victim's mailbox. Investigators retrieved that card and say the substance inside tested positive for ricin.'

As twisted forms of revenge usually go, police say Helman was hoping it would get him back together with his ex-girlfriend.

'Helman was arrested and authorities say his intent was to scare his ex-girlfriend in hopes of reconciling their relationship.'

KYW-TV reports Helman had been sending the victim threatening messages since November, according to police.

Helman has been charged with attempted murder.

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lemmonherk March 21 2014 at 7:05 AM

It's actually pronounced "REES-in", not "RICE-in". It isn't made from rice; it's made from castor bean plant, botanical name "ricinus communis" (rhymes with "treasonous communist").

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usapaydirt March 21 2014 at 7:38 AM

Is it any wonder why she dumped this control freak. He should be forced fed his own scratch and sniff just to verify it's effectiveness ....

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I love Snickers usapaydirt March 21 2014 at 9:50 AM

He's now lost control of his life - - - prison tends to do that. Poor guy, he's lost the love of his life. But he's young, looks fairly attractive, I'm sure he will find someone to love him behind bars.

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fred March 21 2014 at 6:43 AM

Another example of what happens when you thumb your dummy excessively as a little boy (AS A LITTLE BOY?!?!?).........:)

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microflight5 March 21 2014 at 6:33 AM


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number1wa March 21 2014 at 8:35 AM

Oh, yeah, a ricin-laced card would make me love a guy forever

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Chickiepoo March 21 2014 at 7:12 AM

Maybe instead of reading up on "how to make ricin"......he should have picked up a copy of
"How to Make Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie.......

Oh wellllllll.............

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Leon Stark March 21 2014 at 7:22 AM

He deserves to be assigned to clean toilets in whatever prison he is assigned to. The prisoners are outside and he is there with his little scrub-brush, and the guards doing a detailed inspection of the cells for any other contraband. He gets his outside time nearly alone.

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mbrheljr March 21 2014 at 9:44 AM

In my "liberal" state of CA, upon conviction, this would earn him 25-life for attempted murder...

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frankc354 March 21 2014 at 6:00 AM

Nick let us know if she comes running back in about 20 years or so !!

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Kathleen March 21 2014 at 7:43 AM

Where the heck does someone get ricin? Isn't it controlled, like rat poison?

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