The authorities also regarded Melissa Friedrich with suspicion.
Records show that she held multiple prescriptions for Lorazepam, a potent, fast-acting benzodiazepine.
And around that same time, Robert rewrote his will, leaving out his sons and making Millie the sole beneficiary of his full estate.
Robert Friedrich died of cardiac arrest on December 16, 2002. Millie continued to cash his Social Security checks before returning to Prince Edward Island in 2004.
Floridas Manatee County Sheriff investigated her for doctor shopping and prescription fraud, but by the end of 2004 the county decided it didnt have enough evidence to prosecute her. More Love, More Benzo, More Money In November 2004, Melissa Friedrich returned to Florida to meet with Alex Strategos, one of several men with whom shed corresponded on American Singles
By then, Canadas Department of Human Resources Development had started its own investigation into Melissa Friedrichs possible involvement in Old Age Security fraud, alleging that shed bilked the government of over ,000. Not only did she move into the divorced Pittsburgh accountants Pinellas Park apartment the night of their first date, but the usual pattern of accidents and ill-health began that very night when he went to the hospital with a head injury.
Most recently, Melissa Ann Weeks is accused of drugging her brand new groom in an attempt to kill him. Born in Burnt Church, New Brunswick, in 1935, Millie moved to Ontario with her family when she was a teenager.
In 1955 she met and married a factory worker, Russell Sheppard. Between 19 Melissa Ann Sheppard was convicted on a string of charges of false pretenses fraud, forgery and impersonation (and littering) in Toronto and in Georgetown, Prince Edward Island.
As Melissa Friedrich, she defrauded a third husband, who died under suspicious circumstances then she drugged and defrauded another suitor.
Fred Weeks, 75, had lost his wife of half a century just 18 months earlier.
He kept himself busy with cribbage games and karaoke outings, but he was lonely.
Just before Christmas in 1990, Gordon Stewart, disoriented and foaming at the mouth, was admitted to the hospital.
Lab tests showed a large amount of benzodiazepine, a psychoactive drug usually prescribed for insomnia or anxiety.
He invited her to visit him the next month, and within three days of her arrival theyd agreed to get married.