Who was Stacey Castor and what was her cause of death?


CONDEMNED murderer Stacey Castor used double methods to victimize her own family members.

While using antifreeze, Stacey poisoned and killed her late second husband David and plotted an attempt on her daughter Ashley’s life.


Before dying in prison, Stacey Castor (pictured left) used antifreeze to perform the poisoning deaths of both her husbandsCredit: TUSEN

Who was Stacey Castor?

Born on July 24, 1967, New York native Stacey Castor was infamously dubbed in the media as “The Black Widow” for the murders she committed.

Her first victim was her first husband Michael Wallace, whom she married in 1998.

In 2000, Michael succumbed to a heart attack and died.

However, when his corpse was exhumed years later for a toxicology screening, investigators revealed that he had been killed by antifreeze poisoning.

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Michael’s corpse was discovered and examined in connection with investigators who considered Stacey a suspect in his murder, as well as the murder of her second husband David.

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Stacey and David married in 2003, they met when they worked together at the latter’s installation and repair company.

On August 22, 2005, David was found dead in his bedroom after Stacey called the police when he failed to show up for work.

Although his death was initially labeled a suicide, a police investigation revealed that he succumbed to antifreeze poisoning – similar to how Michael did.

In September 2007, Stacey tried to frame her daughter Ashley for murdering both of her deceased husbands.

To do this, she attempted to kill Ashley and make the murder appear suicide, even drafting a fraudulent confession to be found with her lifeless body if she succeeded.

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One evening, the former poured the latter an alcoholic drink filled with a lethal dose of painkillers.

Stacey’s youngest daughter Bree found Ashley the next morning and took her to the hospital.

Stacey (pictured left) had two daughters with her first husband Michael, she tried to murder and frame her eldest daughter Ashley


Stacey (pictured left) had two daughters with her first husband Michael, she tried to murder and frame her eldest daughter AshleyCredit: TUSEN

When authorities questioned Ashley about the forged suicide note and the deaths of her father and stepfather, she maintained her innocence.

Stacey was arrested and charged with first degree murder, attempted second degree murder, and plotting to present a forged will.

What was Stacey’s cause of death?

On February 5, 2009, Stacey was found guilty of one count of second-degree murder for David’s poison murder and an additional count of attempted second-degree murder of Ashley.

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A month later, on Tuesday, March 5, she was sentenced to 51 years to life in prison.

She told 20/20 presenter David Muir about the crimes: “I didn’t kill Michael Wallace, I didn’t kill David Castor.

“I didn’t try to kill my daughter, period, and I’ll never say I ever did.”

On June 11, 2016, Stacey was found dead of a heart attack in her prison cell.

Died at the age of 48, authorities ruled that no malicious intent was involved.

How can I watch Stacey’s episode of 20/20?

Stacey’s antifreeze murders and murder plots are retold in a 20/20 episode titled 20/20: Fatal Flaw – On The Rocks.

20/20: Fatal Flaw – On The Rocks tells the story of David Castor’s death and the series of events that resulted in Stacey’s incarceration.

On August 5, 2022, the broadcast is expected to premiere on TUSEN at 8 p.m. EST.

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The episode will be available to stream on Hulu the following day.

Prior to the 20/20 broadcast, the real crime events were previously chronicled in Lifetime’s Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Story.


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