El Paso Herald-Post (Texas), 25 January 1954, p 10.
Mexican Woman Accused Of A-Murder of Mate Bv United Press ME1CO CITY, Jan. 25.—Federal Judge Salvador Martinez Rojas has started extradition proceedings to bring from Tampico to Mexico City for trial a woman accused of history's history's first atomic murder. Judge Martinez ruled that there is enough evidence to bring to ;rial Wealthy Widow Lucina AI- varado on charges she killed her nusband, Alfonso Tessada, by feed- ng him radioactive uranium ni- .rate. The Judge- said the apparent mo- ive was to enable Mrs. Alvarado o inherit her husband's fortune es- .imated at several million dollars. Tessada died here three years ago of a mysterious illness while acationing in Mexico City with lis wife. The charge of atomic murder grew out of the suspicions of the wealthy landowner's daughter by a lormer marriage, Isabel Tessada. he was told, when attempting to claim the body at Tampico, that the arteries and veins were so lardened by an unknown substance that the embalming fluid could not be injected. Following Tessada's burial, Isabel had the body exhumed for examination examination by Mexican scientists. One of the investigators, the internationally internationally known physicist Manuel Manuel Sandoval Vallarta, now assistant assistant education minister of Mexico discovered the presence in Tessada's body of lethal quantities of uranium nitrate. It is a very costly, government government controlled radioactive mate- On the basis of his findings, Isabel Isabel b r o u g h t homicide charges against her stepmother. Mrs Alvarado Alvarado was held by Tampico police ior questioning and later was released released by order of the Tampico city prison warden. " Judge Martinez said he is "determined "determined to bring this woman to justice." Tampico physicians who treated Tessada during his illness suggested the fatal atomic poisoning might have resulted from a Mexican patent patent medicine which contains 266 milligrams of uranium nitrate per 100 cubic centimeters. They said a kidney ailment might have made him unable to eliminate the substance substance from his system.