Kenneth Law: Canadian ‘Poison Seller’ Could Have Links To Over 100 Deaths
Charged over the suicides of 14 people, Canada’s Kenneth Law is now being linked to dozens more deaths in multiple other countries.
Interpol has raised alarms over packages sold by the accused containing a lethal substance being sent to Australia, prompting the country to check on the welfare of recipients.
Law is accused of aiding or abetting suicide in the province of Ontario, with investigations into the matter active across Canada.
It’s alleged the 57-year-old ‘poison seller’ marketed to vulnerable people online a substance that when consumed in high concentrations can be fatal.
The World Reviews isn’t naming the substance and the websites linked to Law have since been taken down. It’s possible additional charges will be laid.
Canadian police estimate the suspect delivered some 1,200 packages to people in more than 40 countries, highlighting the worrying scale of his crime.
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Last month, the UK’s National Crime Agency revealed it was probing deaths of 88 people who took their own lives in the past two years and who had purchased products from Law’s websites.
Tom was just 22 years old when he died by suicide in 2021. UK authorities have identified him as one of the 88 people believed to have passed away after consuming the substance.
His father, David Parfett, described him as a keen footballer and a high-performing student. He achieved high enough grades to enter the prestigious university of St Andrews in the UK.
Tom was easily influenced at a really vulnerable moment in his life, said Parfett, highlighting how “extremely easy” it was to find the substance on the internet.
“This isn’t even on the dark web,” he noted, pointing to the fact that international policing had failed to keep up with the way information and products can be sold or provided online.
The father stressed the need for internet providers and hosts to do better. “There needs to be regulation to ensure that when you have forums like these … they may need to be taken offline.”