An illustration of leaves observed under a microscope.

The Botanist

Episode #78

2017-11-03 13:10:58


In 1993, Gerald Boggs of Steamboat Springs, Colorado was found dead in his home. He’d been burned with a stun gun, hit with a shovel, and shot several times. The victim’s wife, Jill Coit, was the primary suspect, but she had an alibi for the estimated time of death: she was camping with her boyfriend Michael Backus. Investigators were at a loss, and turned to two very unlikely people for help.

Today, we know Jill Coit as the Black Widow.

Forensic Plant Science, by Jane H Bock and David Norris.