Mesa City PD has opened a homicide investigation into the death of Gary Lenius whose wife, Wanda, said she served him a deadly cocktail to ward off coronavirus.
68-year-old Gary Lenius died on March 22. His wife, 61-year-old Wanda, claimed to numerous news outlets last month that both she and her husband had ingested a substance used to clean aquariums after hearing President Trump mention one of its ingredients, chloroquine phosphate, from the White House briefing room. In fact, the couple drank chloroquine phosphate after confusing it for hydroxychloroquine, which is what the President was actually talking about.
Ridiculously, the media also tried to blame the President for the couple ingesting something that has a clear warning label not to. But if you ever laughed at warning labels thinking who’s stupid enough to ingest something dangerous? Then I present to you…this couple.
Just to be clear because the mainstream media won’t. The couple confused chloroquine phosphate, which is used to clean fish tanks, with hydroxychloroquine.
The homicide detective handling the case for the Mesa City Police Department, Detective Teresa Van Galder, confirmed that the investigation is ongoing after requesting a recording of the Free Beacon’s interviews with Lenius’s wife, Wanda. But she declined to provide any additional details.
“As this is an active investigation, I cannot go into any details at this time regarding the case,” Van Galder said. The Free Beacon released a recording of its interview last month with Wanda Lenius.
News of the investigation comes after a series of Free Beacon stories questioned how NBC News portrayed the couple.
NBC News’ report, as well as other media outlets suggested the couple mindlessly followed the president’s medical advice to disastrous results. However, close friends to Gary Lenius told the Free Beacon that they were very skeptical he would knowingly ingest fish tank treatment.
Instead, they described Lenius as a levelheaded retired engineer and revealed Gary was in a troubled marital relationship that included a previous domestic assault charge against his wife. Wanda was ultimately found not guilty.
“What bothers me about this is that Gary was a very intelligent man, a retired [mechanical] engineer who designed systems for John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa, and I really can’t see the scenario where Gary would say, ‘Yes, please, I would love to drink some of that Koi fish tank cleaner,'” one of his close friends told the Free Beacon. “It just doesn’t make any sense.”
Another source, who asked remain anonymous, told the Free Beacon that Wanda Lenius “would constantly berate Gary in public.… Everyone was embarrassed for him, but he outwardly did not seem to care much.”
“In our opinion, their marriage was seen outwardly to be as one-sided as a marriage possibly could be: Gary worshiped Wanda,” this person said, adding that his wife “would routinely call him a doofus” and humiliate him in public.
In 2001 Wanda Lenius was charged with domestic abuse assault after she hit her husband and swung a mounted birdhouse at him. Gary Lenius declined to cooperate in the case, testifying that he was not injured or placed in fear of injury. His wife Wanda was exonerated.
Wanda Lenius said in a phone interview with the Free Beacon just last month that she and her husband Gary had watched President Trump talk about chloroquine on the news. President Trump was citing preliminary studies that showed it may be a promising treatment for coronavirus. He said nothing about going out and ingesting it from whatever source you can find.
Wand said she remembered purchasing a container of “chloroquine phosphate” years before to clean a fish tank.
The powder, which warning labels clearly state, can be lethal if ingested, is sold by aquarium suppliers, and used to treat viral outbreaks in large fish tanks.
Wanda told the Free Beacon she had mentioned this to her husband “and he kind of laughed at me, you know. It was just a regular conversation.”
“We weren’t big supporters of [President Trump], but we did see that they were using it in China and stuff,” she said. “And we just made a horrible, tragic mistake.”
In the same interview, Wanda Lenius told the Free Beacon that her husband Gary had been planning to schedule a doctor’s appointment to have a leg injury checked and the couple worried he might pick up coronavirus at the clinic. Wanda said she reached for the fish tank cleaner in her pantry. Her husband’s response, she claimed, was, “Is it still good?”
According to Gary Lenius’s friend, Wanda Lenius routinely prepared a “vitamin cocktail” for him.
When Wanda was asked if she and Gary Lenius had a conversation about taking the chloroquine at that time, she told the Free Beacon: “No. I mean, it was really kind of a spur of the moment thing,” adding that the couple ingested “one teaspoon and some soda” each, which is at least four times the lethal limit.
The Free Beacon also reported that Wanda Lenius is a Democratic donor whose most recent contribution went to a “pro-science” super PAC.
Campaign finance records show that Wanda Lenius has given thousands of dollars to Democratic groups and candidates over the past two years, most recently to the 314 Action Fund. The group bills itself as the “pro-science resistance” and has criticized the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, holding up the Lenius case to slam the White House.
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