Black Widow? Texas Woman Accused Of Poisoning Fifth Husband to Death with Insulin — Years After Fiancé Shot

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Source: Chambers County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

May 1 2023, Updated 8:07 a.m. ET

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A woman in Texas is behind bars in connection with the insulin death of her fifth husband last winter, police said.

In March, Sarah Hartsfield, 48, was arrested and charged with the murder of Joseph Hartsfield the previous month after the Harris County medical examiner determined the 46-year-old man’s death was the result of complications suffered from toxic levels of insulin, KTRK-TV reported.

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According to the station, officials believe Sarah Hartsfield waited to call 911 despite a glucose monitor alarm warning Joseph Hartsfield’s insulin levels were extremely elevated four to six hours earlier.

Sarah Hartsfield, a former U.S. Army Sergeant, was being held in the Chambers County jail on a $4.5 million bond.

This isn’t the first time she has had run-ins with the law involving her husbands.


Citing court records, KRTK-TV reported that she had assault charges filed against her in March 1996 after her then-husband had suffered scraping and bruising in the couple’s Rio Bonito home. The charges were later dropped.

And in 2018, she was accused of fatally shooting her fiancé, David Bragg, in Minnesota. The results of a new investigation into the slaying are pending, but detectives at the time determined she acted in self-defense, according to KRTK-TV.

“I am glad she has finally been caught for who she is,” the suspect’s first husband, Titus Knoernschild, told the station. “I’m just sorry another person had to die to get her caught.”

“I knew she’d end up in jail someday,” Knoernschild continued. “So she cheated things. She would steal money from people. So I knew she would end up getting caught eventually. That was always my hope.”

Sarah Hartsfield’s son from her third marriage, Ryan Donohue, is also glad to see her locked up.

“It’s unreal seeing my mom in that jumpsuit now,” he told NBC News. “I’ve waited for it my whole life.”


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