Melanie McGuire is currently on trial for the murder of her husband, William McGuire. And while many people now know that your Google and other search engine searches can be discovered, apparently back in 2004, Melanie McGuire did not. For among the searches that the prosecution has found on her computers – searches which she conducted on the days leading up to the murder – were searches for “instant poisons”, “undetectable poisons”, and “fatal digoxin doses.” And while those alone don’t necessarily prove intent, another search, “how to commit murder” is pretty unambiguous.
But the crown search in the state’s case against Melanie McGuire may be that Melanie also performed searches about gun laws in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. William McGuire was indeed murdered with a gun which, the state claims, Melanie purchased in Pennsylvania.
Also relevant is the fact that the day before the murder, the state says, Melanie’s computer shows that she searched for a Walgreens pharmacy near to her. A pharmacist at that Walgreens has testified that on the day before the murder she filled a prescription for an as yet unidentified woman with a prescription written for “Tiffany Bain”, for a rarely ordered but known narcotic. The prescription, for chloral hydrate, was written by Doctor Bradley Miller – a doctor at the office where Melanie McGuire worked at the time. Dr. Bradley Miller, the doctor with whom Melanie was having an affair at the time that William McGuire was murdered.
Chloral hydrate is easily dissolved in both water and alcohol, is undetectable in small doses, and induces sleep very quickly. In fact, chloral hydrate was the knock-out drug of choice in the infamous Mickey Finn drinks.
All of this information has come about as a result of a review of the searches which Melanie McGuire did on the days leading up to her husband’s murder.
Unfortunately for the state (and, perhaps, fortunately for Melanie), at the moment this is just about all the evidence the state has. There are no finger prints, and the autopsy performed on the parts of her husband (he was hacked up, put into suitcases, and tossed into Chesapeake Bay) did not include a test for chloral hydrate.
But it’s certainly enough to have opened the case, and to bring her to trial. And if more evidence against Melanie is discovered as a result of this, or if the state makes this stick, you can bet that if Melanie McGuire gets computer privileges while in prison, she’ll be a lot more careful with how she conducts online searches.