Black Widow in court on two charges

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Melissa Ann Weeks is also charged with administering a substance, benzodiazepine, with intent to endanger a life. Both charges relate to her current husband, Fred Weeks, and the offences are alleged to have occurred between Sept. 24 and Sept. 30.

Weeks was brought to the Sydney courthouse earlier today and is now scheduled to appear before provincial court Judge David Ryan at 1:30 p.m.


NEW GLASGOW – A 77-year-old New Glasgow woman is being charged with attempted murder in a Cape Breton court this morning.


Melissa Ann Weeks, otherwise known as the Internet Black Widow, is also being charged with administering a noxious thing.


The charge results from an investigation into a well-being check on a 75-year old New Glasgow male, who was admitted to the North Sydney General Hospital. Police were initially called to the hospital Sunday morning, September 30th, as a result of suspicion around the man’s illness. Further investigation led police to believe the man’s spouse could be responsible for his illness.


Police obtained warrants for the woman’s arrest and a search of her residence in New Glasgow. She was arrested there on Monday, October 1st at approximately 12:00 PM and transported back to Cape Breton, where she remained in the custody of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service. After further investigation, led by members of the Major Crime Unit, police laid the charges against Weeks this morning.


The male victim, believed to be her husband, was treated and has been released from hospital.

Weeks was sentenced in 2005 to five years in prison on seven counts of theft from a man in Florida she had met online.

Investigators in that case said she stole about US$20,000 from Alexander Strategos.

In 2001, she was convicted of manslaughter in the death of her husband, Gordon Stewart, who she had drugged and run over twice with a car in 1991 outside Halifax.

She served two years of a six-year sentence for that crime.

Organizations: North Sydney General Hospital, Cape Breton Regional Police Service

Geographic location: NEW GLASGOW, Cape Breton, Florida Halifax

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