The suspect list just keeps growing in the cyanide poisoning case involving a lottery winner who is believed to have met with foul play before he could get his hands on a million dollar win.
A toxicology test determined that Chicago, Ill., lottery winner Urooj Khan was poisoned with cyanide before he could claim his lotto money win. His body will be exhumed next week, according to a recent Gather News report on Friday, and the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office have said they will conduct a thorough autopsy, too.
In the meantime, his family appears to be creating even more drama by their behavior since his cyanide poisoning death, and that is just adding to a suspect list for police. The most recent details involve the fact that lamb curry was the final meal of the victim, but would have normally not been eaten by Urooj's second wife, Shabana Ansari, because she is a vegetarian.
That's the first red flag for police, eh?
Since the victim's wife was the one to prepare the last meal he ateÂ—and he was screaming from pain hours afterwardÂ—it has made some suspect that the cyanide, which can be swallowed, might have been put in his food that evening. Hearing that she was a vegetarian but prepared a meal she would not have eaten is making her brother-in-law Mohammed Zaman a little suspicious. It would make police suspicious too.
Zaman's wife, Meraj Khan, the victim's sister, was relieved when Judge Susan Coleman ruled this week that Urooj Khan's body would be exhumed and autopsied to get at the truth, as she said someone tried to call her around 4 a.m., as he was dying, and she could hear him screaming. That makes her appear to be the concerned relative not wanting someone to get away with murder. Right?
But Meraj and two other siblings have given police a reason to look at them when they filed motions with the court over the lottery winnings of their deceased brother. They apparently think some of the money should go to them instead of being split between his current wife and daughter, which is how the state of Illinois will divide it up since the lottery winner didn't have a Will at the time of his death.
Siblings going to court to try and get some of the money will make police suspicious of course, just as police interrogated the lottery winner's widow for more than four hours and searched the family's home back in November, when someone else in the family tipped them off to their suspicions about his death.
Toxicology screens showed Urooj Khan didn't die of natural causes as the medical examiner first ruled, but was poisoned with cyanide instead, due to the high levels found in him. And his recent lotto win appears to be a big possible motive. And now police have to consider the five people who stand to profit from his death as they investigate the case: his second wife and widow, Shabana Ansari; her father, and his guest, Fareedun Ansari, as well as his three siblings. Fox News reports Saturday that the family quarrles add intrique to the lotto winner's death.
(Meraj Khan photo credit: Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune)