Why Would a Teen Poison His Friend?

In 2003, people in Ellicott City, Maryland, were shocked to learn that local teen Ryan T. Furlough had poisoned his friend, Ben Vassiliev, by putting cyanide in his soda. On January 3, one life was lost, and another was destroyed. All because of obsession over a girl and because a teen was able to buy cyanide online.

I lived in the area at the time and remember first hearing about the case on the local news radio station as well as following it on TV and through newspapers. Although I had followed a lot of true crime cases, I couldn’t comprehend why a teenager would…



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Anne Marble

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