'Internet Black Widow' charged with attempted murder

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A 77-year-old woman infamously known as the “Internet Black Widow” has been charged with attempted murder after her husband suddenly became ill while staying at a Cape Breton inn, police said Tuesday.

Melissa Ann Weeks of New Glasgow, N.S., and originally from Montague, Prince Edward Island, was charged after the accused’s 75-year-old husband was taken to hospital in Sydney, N.S., after a fall on the weekend.

The Cape Breton Regional Police arrested a woman Monday at around noon following an investigation into the health of the New Glasgow man, who they say has since been treated and released.

Weeks, who is also charged with administering a noxious thing, appeared Tuesday in Sydney provincial court. She was remanded into custody until Friday for a bail hearing.

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.

She was also 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.



Geographic location: New Glasgow, Sydney, Cape Breton Prince Edward Island Florida Halifax

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  • Terry Randall
    July 31, 2016 - 20:06

    Barb I am trying to find information on my old army buddy Gordon Steward that was killed by Melissa Shepard in 1991. You did a write up on this. I am trying to find were Gordon is buried. Would you know this or any family. Thanks Terry

  • Barb
    October 03, 2012 - 22:02

    This woman should of never gotten off as easy as she did for what she did to Gordon Stewart....let alone any of her other victims. It's time to put her in jail and throw away the key....and if the court system is smart she will not even be granted bail....she is a real threat to society

  • Sylvia
    October 02, 2012 - 17:10

    She should be kept in custody for the rest of her life, also in isolation so she won't try and influence anyone else. If I remember correctly, at one time when she was in custody she was involved in running a support group in prison for abused women. She must be a very slick con artist. I'll be watching Fifth Estate Fri. evening. Should be very interesting.

  • Gerry
    October 02, 2012 - 16:55

    Will the Justice system hire her again to travel around the country speaking on wife abuse because she was successful in playing the victim role?

  • Mell
    October 02, 2012 - 16:41

    The justice system did all her victims injustice. This is absolutely shameful. This time I hope she is locked up for life as she has destroyed many in her path.

    October 02, 2012 - 14:58

    what's a noxious thing? noxious substance sounds more like a professional charge. she sounds like she will never be any better a person despite all the chances she had.Never learned a thing. Never will.

    • tess
      October 02, 2012 - 18:36

      she should have been still in jail anyway for all the crimes she has commited , i hope they put her away for life this time , so she can't hurt anyone else