Dear readers;
From the “boy, this makes MY ex look like a saint department!
A 78-year-old woman nicknamed the Internet Black Window for her ability to persuade grieving widowers to marry her pleaded guilty today in Sydney, N.S., to administering a noxious thing and failing to provide the necessaries of life.
Melissa Ann Shepard had been charged with attempted murder and administering a noxious thing — listed in court documents as the tranquillizer benzodiazepine — after 75-year-old Fred Weeks fell ill at a bed and breakfast in Cape Breton in late September.
She is also known as Melissa Friedrich, and was charged under the last name Weeks.
The couple had been married just a few days before the 75-year-old fell ill. Their union was later ruled invalid by the province’s Vital Statistics division after it said false information was provided on the marriage certificate.
Twelve days had been set aside for a trial.
Crown prosecutor Diane McGrath also said the remainder of the time scheduled for the judge-only trial will not be needed.
Shepard’s sentencing will take place Tuesday in Sydney, N.S. The maximum sentence is two years for administering a noxious thing and 18 months for failing to provide the necessaries of life.

Criminal past

The woman has a long history with the law.
Melissa Shepard served time in a Florida jail starting in 2005 for charges stemming from a relationship with a Florida man.
Melissa Shepard served time in a Florida jail starting in 2005 for charges stemming from a relationship with a Florida man. (CBC)
In 1991, she was convicted of manslaughter and served two years of a six-year jail term after killing her husband, Gordon Stewart, of P.E.I., on a deserted road near Halifax. Stewart was heavily drugged when she ran him over twice with a car.
Shortly after she was released from jail, she travelled to Florida and met Robert Friedrich at a Christian retreat.
They married in Nova Scotia in 2000. A year later, Friedrich’s family noticed his health was faltering. He had mysterious fainting spells and slurred speech and was in and out of hospitals.
Friedrich’s family also alleged his money had started to disappear.
Friedrich died in 2002 of cardiac arrest. No one was charged.
In 2005, she was sentenced to five years in prison for a slew of charges stemming from a relationship she had with another Florida man she met online.
She pleaded guilty to seven charges including three counts of grand theft from a person 65 years or older, two counts of forgery and two counts of using a forged document.
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After spending five months bringing the wonder of space travel to so many around the world, Sarina’s own astronaut Chris Hadfield announced Monday he will retire from the Canadian Space Agency next month.
Hadfield, 53, made the announcement during an event near Montreal to celebrate his return to Canada, following his successful mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
The beloved astronaut explained with that with his third space mission now behind him, it simply made sense for him to retire.
He told reporters he didn’t know what he would do next. But he said he was giving himself some time to think about it and to take a much-need break with family. He added that he knew of astronauts who had struggled to adjust to life after the space program and that he hoped he would have a better idea of what’s next in about a year.
Hadfield added he had no plans to “disappear” and would continue to reinforce the importance of space exploration through public speaking and visits to Canadian schools through the CSA.
Hadfield became something of an Internet celebrity during his recent ISS mission, where he sent out hundreds of photos of Earth taken from orbit and watched his Twitter following grow to 1 million users.
During the mission, he became the first Canadian ever to command the International Space Station and helped conduct more than 100 science experiments.
He also shared videos of life in zero gravity through YouTube, and took part in educational events with school groups, helping to reignite global interest and excitement in space travel.
Toward the end of the mission, he wrote and sang a duet with members of the Barenaked Ladies and posted his own version of the 1969 David Bowie classic “Space Oddity” to YouTube, where it quickly went viral.
Last month, Hadfield, who spent 25 years in the Canadian Air Force, was asked whether he might use his newfound fame as a springboard into politics. He responded that while he’s as interested in politics as any Canadian, at the moment he had no such aspirations.
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Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia Roberts in a 2000 movie about her fight over the pollution of a California town, has been arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated at Lake Mead near Las Vegas………………………………. to which we say, SO WHAT!