A woman on TikTok has shared a video she says shows her husband poisoning the pies she made for Thanksgiving.
The clip, posted by @hsara2008, identified only as “Sarah,” has been watched over 3 million times since it was posted on April 18. The video is recorded from a hidden Ring camera and appears to catch the man pouring something on the pies.
“Here you can see my ex-husband peeking around the corner to see if I’m coming out of my bedroom. This is 5 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. I had just made pies the night before. I had already initiated the divorce and told him I wanted out,” Sarah narrates. “You see him reach into his pocket, lift up the foil on the pies and spray something all over those pies. So, that was the moment I knew for a fact—with evidence—I’ve been poisoned over and over and over for years, and I finally caught it on video.”
Sarah goes into more detail in a series of five additional videos. She says that after zooming in on the original video, she believes the substance put on the pies was eye drops. Police agreed with her, she said, when she showed them the video. Not just that, but eye drops weren’t typically found in their house—she says she has glasses and doesn’t use drops, and since her ex has 20/20 vision, he doesn’t either.
On Thanksgiving, she says, she woke up after hearing him walk around in the kitchen, and went to her phone to watch the feed from her hidden camera.
“I watched him do this live and just kind of sat there and was shaking. This wasn’t somebody I just met. This is somebody I had been with for 12 and a half years, like I was not sure why I was seeing what I was seeing, but it was what it was,” she said.
That morning, she tried to act normally for her husband. She gathered the pies—making sure to put the tampered-with pie on the bottom of the bag—and went to see her brother and her best friend, which she had already planned on spending the holiday with. Once there, she showed them the clip for advice, and they all decided to go directly to the police.
“We took it to the police station. They were all shocked. Everybody was like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve never seen this before.’ Cops are coming out of the back room to come watch the video,” she says.
Despite the shock at the station, however, Sarah says that the police didn’t help. Even though Sarah had four different reports since she filed for divorce in August 2021, her ex-husband was only contacted about the Thanksgiving incident in January—and is still waiting on results.
In addition, she says, that in her state, since she was married to him, police could not remove him from her house—even though the house was in her name—despite the evidence, as when she married him, everything became legally considered joint property. She also said she tried to file for a personal protection order three separate times.
Her divorce was finalized this March, and she says she’s doing much better—both emotionally and medically. She noticed that while she was with her ex-husband, she had a number of health issues that seemed to be clearing up since she left him. Sarah says she believes she’d been poisoned for between seven and eight years, only for things to escalate after she filed for divorce. She suspects that, since he’s lactose intolerant, he would primarily target dairy products and other things he knew only she would eat.
In another clip, she says she confronted him about the poisoning.
“I said, ‘You do realize you could have killed me, right? And his response to me was, ‘Well, I didn’t think it was gonna go that far,'” she said.
While it’s not necessarily common, it’s not unheard of for an abusive partner to poison their spouse. In a 2021 column, syndicated advice columnist Ellie Tesher urged a letter-writer who feared his wife was poisoning him to ask a doctor to specifically test in case of poison—even if it’s just a case of unknown drug interactions.
She also advised him to talk to his lawyer about making changes to his life insurance policy that would make it more difficult for her to collect should something happen. And, of course, if he discovers proof, Tesher told him to go to the police.
In a separate column, written in 2020, Ellie also recommended making a call to the local poison control center to describe the symptoms to see if they are consistent with a poisoning, or perhaps some other issue.
Columnist E. Jean Carroll used her Elle magazine Ask E. Jean column to urge another potential poison victim to make sure that her spouse hadn’t tried to steal from her finances. Though Carroll also urged going to the police, she instead advised bringing any evidence to a lawyer first, and then seeing the police together.
Newsweek reached out to Sarah for comment.
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