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Dateline NBC: For Better or Worse, or Poison? Also: Who Killed Imette?

Previous Dateline episodes investigated people who were involved in hiring hit men. From husbands trying to get rid of wives to women taking particular pleasure in imagining their husbands killed, the piece was disturbing and revealing. These were ordinary people who could be living next door, working in the adjoining cubicle, even working as a prison guard (as one woman was while trying to get an inmate to kill her husband, also a prison guard). Tonight’s report goes even deeper with an interview of a couple who was actually involved in such dark doings. A veteran Houston, Texas firefighter, married for 30 years, is caught on tape trying to murder his wife with poison. Tonight’s episode is a culmination of a year’s worth of those tapes and an interview with the man, Richard Thomas. Stay tuned for a surprise ending to this story.

Also tonight, criminology student Imette St. Guillen ended up a victim of a killer she would normally be studying and learning to profile. She walked out of a Manhattan bar and into the hands of a murderer.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 14x10
Production Number: 20060304
Airdate: Saturday March 04th, 2006

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)



Everyday people who think that murdering someone is a viable option to problems they’re having with them are profiled in tonight’s investigation. Dateline looks back at previous stories as well as examines a more than year’s worth of hidden surveillance tapes that expose a town hero, a Houston area firefighter, attempting to poison his wife of more than three decades.
In an in-depth interview with this man (Richard Thomas) he explains why he did it, what he was thinking and apparently wasn’t thinking. Adding to the intrigue and surprising twists that are becoming typical of Dateline, the other people interviewed (we aren’t naming them at this time) make it a jaw-dropping episode.
In another story tonight, the question is raised about how young Imette St. Guillen, a criminology student, could leave a crowded Manhattan bar and disappear into the late night. Her body was found the next night, bound, strangled and dumped. She apparently died a horrific death. If a criminologist could ever be used, it’s for this devastating case. Of course, you, the public, may provide the most valuable clues.

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