The Trail Went Cold – Episode 24 – Patsy Wright

October 23, 1987. Arlington, Texas. 43-year old Patsy Wright phones up her sister in the middle of the night to complain that she has become nauseous after taking some NyQuil, but collapses during the call and soon passes away. An autopsy eventually reveals that Patsy was poisoned after strychnine was put in her NyQuil. The investigation would uncover multiple suspects with a motive to murder Patsy, but no evidence to implicate anyone. Our first “Trail Went Cold” episode of 2017 analyzes a real-life whodunit which resembles an Agatha Christie murder mystery.

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7 thoughts on “The Trail Went Cold – Episode 24 – Patsy Wright

  • The easy answer for the lack of regurgitation: he probably tried to perform cpr while she was on the bed. Medics would have moved her to the floor, since proper chest compression requires a hard surface. Just my 2¢.

  • Just wanted to say I’ve binged the entire show in the last three days. I’m about to start this episode and I’ll be caught up. You’ve covered a bunch of really fascinating cases I’ve never heard of, and the way you present the show is REALLY neat and tidy; you’ve done a great job.

    And, yep, I couldn’t help thinking of Poirot while reading the title description.

  • As far as the dinner plates go, is it possible that she ate in her room alone more than once? I know people who keep dishes in their room because they forget to take the dirty dishes to the kitchen before their next meal.

    • What I wonder about the dinner plates is if there were any identifiable remnants of food on them. Usually when you put food on a plate the plate gets a bit dirty (perhaps more so depending on the type of food). If both plates had remnants of the same foods, it points to two people having eaten the same meal together, whereas if they had different foods, she could have spread out her meal over two plates or they could have been from two separate occasions.

      • That’s a good question, but unfortunately, none of the sources have ever given more specific details about those plates. If there were two separate sets of utensils on them, then that would mean Patsy likely had a guest, but if there was only one set, then Patsy probably ate alone. During the “Unsolved Mysteries” re-enactment, it appears there are utensils on each plate, but I couldn’t be certain how accurate the re-enactment is.

  • I think in this case, Occam’s Razor prevails…the one with the most motive and the most means is her ex-husband Bob Cox. He had been trying to talk her out of testifying, would know where the spare key that got stolen was, had the financial means and supposedly, by his own accord, knew nefarious people. He had been seen staking her out after their divorce, and refused to cooperate with police at all in the investigation. It’s not sexy or mysterious, but it makes the most sense. We’ll never know who did it, but if I had to guess, it would be him.

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