Wis. Woman Accused Of Sickening Roommate With Eye Drops

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — A 22-year-old woman is accused of putting eye drops in her roommate’s water bottle to make her sick.

Luciana Reichel, of Brookfield, is charged with placing foreign objects in edibles, a felony.

According to a Winnebago County criminal complaint, Reichel’s roommate was nauseated and had diarrhea, loss of appetite and fatigue in October. Her doctor couldn’t explain the symptoms.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Reichel told someone she had spiked her roommate’s water and laughed about it. That person told the victim, and police got involved.

Reichel allegedly said she was inspired by a scene in the movie “Wedding Crashers.”

Last fall, both women attended Fox Valley Technical College, but were placed a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh dorm.

Reichel could face up to 3 1/2 years in prison if convicted.

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  • Greg Laden

    It will be fun to see how this works out consider that it can’t have happened: http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/visine.asp

  • Becca

    Greg, the article doesn’t say that it was specifically Visine. There are other types of eyedrops that could have been used. In addition, there are various types of Visine – not all of them have the same ingredients. Lacing someone’s food or drink with a non-food item is a serious offense.

  • Greg Laden

    Becca, good points, but is there any verified eye drop that causes diarrhea? If I had to bet, and it is only a guess at this point, I’d say this whole thing relates to the visine myth along with a little bit of dishonest bragging.

    As you say, and as the snopes piece says, and I am only assuming they are correct, putting something like this in someone’s drink is potentially very dangerous,. But at the moment, I’m skeptical that it even happened.

    • Phid

      You’re presuming quite a bit. For all we know, the person’s diarrhea could have been due to some other sickness that the victim was experiencing at the same time, or it could have been caused by the interaction of medications that the victim was taken. But treating Snopes as an authority on all the medical literature out there, or to call this all a “myth” (as you do in your blog) is quite premature

  • Becca

    Yes, you’re right. It will be interesting to see what happens with this case.

  • Victim Du Jour

    So if you repeat stuff you see in a comedy movie you can be charged a major crime in the real world?

  • Greg Laden

    Vic: Only if when you repeat it it is not funny. If it’s funny, you get off.

  • Greg Laden

    Here, I write it up: http://xrl.in/72ka

    Too interesting to resist.

  • Eartha

    Wisconsin. Our own private Arkansas.

  • Ginger

    So the movie caused this unstable person to do harm to another person. Sound familuar at all? I guess we should be more careful with our words so we don’t cause the crazy people to go out and do crazy things. I think we need to hold this movie accountable for what it’s done.

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