Clipped From The Salina Journal
Autopsy reveals death not linked to poisoning ST. LOUIS (UPI) - An autopsy found no poison in the exhumed body of a man whose relatives had pushed for an investigation into his death because his widow was charged with using antifreeze to kill her most recent husband. Authorities said Wednesday they would drop their inquiry into the 1978 death of Daniel E. Null, who was married to Shirley Allen. Mrs. Allen is accused of fatally poisoning Lloyd Allen of St. Peters by spiking his drinks with anti-freeze over an eight-month period. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. George Gantner said in a news release that results of the autopsy supported the original conclusion Null died of "natural causes." The cause of death previously had been listed as arteriosclerotic heart disease and acute alcoholism. Null's body was exhumed by court order after his relatives told authorities they believed he was poisoned.