40 years after the Tylenol murders terrorized the nation, new information shows the case is still under investigation.

40 years after the Tylenol murders terrorized the nation, new information shows the case is still under investigation.

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the “Tylenol murders” – a case that resulted in seven deaths in the Chicago area and several more elsewhere.

To this day it is not resolved.

It was the fall of 1982 and the mystery terrified the nation. Someone poisoned Tylenol extra-strength, the best-selling pain reliever in the United States, with lethal doses of potassium cyanide.

The person responsible was never arrested and the public battled a wave of fear of tampering with everyday products in supermarkets.

But investigative reporters from the Chicago Tribune have uncovered new information showing the case is still being actively investigated, and some officers say there is enough circumstantial evidence to bring charges against the prime suspect.

Chicago Tribune investigative reporters Christy Gutowski and Stacy St. Clair, conducted a nine-month investigation into the mystery surrounding the murders — interviewing 150 people in multiple states and reviewing tens of thousands of pages of documents.

“It’s an active investigation,” Gutowski said. “Investigators have just returned to Illinois (Thursday) from Boston in the Cambridge area and questioned Jim Lewis, the prime suspect.”

Their reports reveal that the FBI captured the video of prime suspect James Lewis during an undercover operation.

“We were able to see a secret FBI video taken here in Chicago at the Sheraton Hotel in 2007,” Gutowski said.

The FBI interview shows that Lewis knew about the Tylenol deaths before they were made public.

Lewis was an accountant who sent a letter to Johnson & Johnson saying he would stop killing if the company paid him $1 million. He was convicted of racketeering and spent 12 years in prison. But investigators never found concrete evidence linking him to the poisonings.

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“They went through some of his stuff and found the poison manual,” said St. Claire. “And in the years that followed, they took fingerprints from that book and on page 196, the page that contains information about how much cyanide it takes to cause fatal diosis in an average human being, they found Jim Lewis’ fingerprint.”

It’s circumstantial evidence, but law enforcement officials say they’re showing Cook and DuPage County prosecutors for criminal consideration 40 years after the Tylenol murders.

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