Woman Accused of Killing Friend With Eye Drops

Jessy Kurczewski charged with homicide
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2021 2:01 PM CDT
Woman Accused of Killing Friend With Eye Drops
Kurczewski claimed her friend regularly drank Visine with vodka.   (Getty Images/Hopfphotography)

Prosecutors have accused a suburban Milwaukee woman of killing her friend by poisoning her with eye drops. Jessy Kurczewski, 37, was charged Friday with homicide and two counts of felony theft, according to online court records. A criminal complaint shows the case began in 2018 when Kurczewski called police to her friend’s Pewaukee home, saying her friend wasn’t breathing, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The complaint doesn't name the friend. A deputy found the woman in a recliner with crushed medication on her chest. Investigators initially thought she had overdosed. Kurczewski said there was a possibility her friend was suicidal, reports the AP.

Toxicology tests showed the woman had a fatal dose of tetrahydrozoline, the main ingredient in eye drops, in her system. When investigators told Kurczewski tetrahydrozoline killed her friend and the scene was staged to look like a suicide, Kurczewski said it was what her friend wanted and she must have staged her own suicide. Later, Kurczewski told investigators she brought her friend a water bottle loaded with six bottles' worth of Visine. She didn't think it would kill her friend because she had been "drinking it regularly for so long." Detectives eventually concluded Kurczewski committed $290,210 worth of fraud. That included about $130,204 that was believed to have been "transferred fraudulently" by check from the victim to Kurczewski, according to the complaint.

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