A world-renowned cancer specialist is accused of poisoning the coffee of her lover and fellow doctor with a chemical found in anti-freeze.
CNN's Ed Lavandera is following this bizarre live in Houston.
For a time, it had the makings of a mountain mystery. Three deaths - first an elderly couple then, weeks later, an 11-year-old boy - in the same hotel room with the same immediate response from authorities: cause of death undetermined.
When the third death - that of a South Carolina youth visiting Boone with his mother - made news over the weekend in a Charlotte Observer story ("Mystery surrounds Boone motel deaths,") it brought on reader comments punctuated with words such as "terrifying," "bizarre," "really weird," "incredibly creepy."
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