A Colorado dentist is accused of poisoning his wife, the mother of his six children—by adding arsenic and cyanide to her protein drinks in order to start a new life with his lover, according to court documents. He took this action in order to begin a new life with his lover.
James Toliver Craig, 45, was detained on Sunday on one count of first-degree murder in connection with the alleged poisoning death of his wife, Angela Craig, who was declared brain-dead on March 18 and later removed from life support.
A thorough arrest affidavit claims that Craig allegedly flew his orthodontist lover from Texas to Denver while his 43-year-old wife was in critical condition in the ICU. The two had allegedly exchanged “sexually explicit emails” prior to the purported flight.
A description of the couple’s rocky marriage, their financial struggles, and Craig’s claimed evil scheme to kill her were included in the charging papers.
“In totality, this investigation has proven that James has gone to great lengths to try and end his wife’s life,” Aurora Police Detective Bobbi Olson wrote in the affidavit.
Investigators contend that on February 27, Craig set up the secret email address jimandwaffles.com, which he solely used on a computer in his now-closed Summerbrook Dental Practice.
“While using this account, he researched multiple ‘undetectable poisons.” His Google history also revealed searches for “how many grams of pure arsenic will kill a human?” and “Is Arsenic Detectible in Autopsy?”
Ultimately, he ordered crystalline metalloid arsenic from Amazon, which was shipped to the family’s $1.3 home on March 4 and delivered the following day after his wife returned from a trip to Utah.The affidavit claims that on March 6, the couple exercised together and that her husband prepared her a “pre-workout smoothie in which James provided her more protein since she was feeling sluggish.”
She was sent to the hospital after complaining of feeling faint and lightheaded hours later but was eventually released.
“I feel drugged,” Angela Craig texted her husband. Her sister told police that James Craig had drugged his wife about five years earlier because he had planned to commit suicide and didn’t want her to stop him.
“Given our history, I know that must be a trigger,” he replied to his wife in a text. “Just for the record, I didn’t drug you. I am super worried though. You looked pale before I left. Like your lips even.”
Her spouse allegedly placed an order for the poison Oleandrin that evening, but it wasn’t delivered.
Soon after, the insane dentist allegedly ordered more poison from his keyboard. He allegedly ordered a hurried delivery of potassium cyanide on March 8, and it showed up at his dental practice on March 13.
His wife was readmitted to the hospital on March 9 and stayed there for five days, which coincided with his lover’s two-day visit.
The affidavit states that on March 15, Angela Craig was readmitted and “began to suffer from a major seizure,” one day after she was released from the hospital. She was declared brain-dead after being taken to the intensive care unit.
The following day, James Craig’s mistress left for Colorado.
Investigators were informed by her sister Toni Kofoed that James Craig had “many affairs with several women” and had been “addicted to pornography since he was a teenager” and that the couple’s marriage had always been “tumultuous.”
During the previous 16 years, Angela Craig has informed her sister multiple times that she intends to leave him, but he has consistently persuaded her to stay. The filings claim that the pair was likewise broke and about to file for bankruptcy a second time.
Angela Craig confided in her sister about her husband’s recent over $2,000 gambling loss on a vacation to Las Vegas.
When James Craig’s business partner Ryan Redfearn reported his concern that the dentist had poisoned his wife, police opened an inquiry.
James Craig was called to account by Redfearn for the delivery of cyanide to the dentist’s office. He allegedly said that his wife asked him to place the order, meaning that she wanted to kill herself.
The document claims that Ryan then instructed James to stop talking and hire a lawyer.