Tuesday, May 23, 2006
PEORIA – Police are testing a mysterious brown powder that a Peoria man discovered his wife sprinkling on his food Sunday which he feared to be poison.
Bobby Irvin, 41, of 1813 N. North St. called police about 5:30 p.m. Sunday to report his wife, Rose Irvin, 46, is possibly poisoning him. He said he walked into the kitchen and spotted his wife sprinkling a powder on a sandwich that his mother had bought him earlier that day. He repeatedly asked her what the powder was, but she refused to say, reports said.
They briefly struggled, and he grabbed the baggie of powder from her and then called his parents for advice. They told him to call police.
Bobby Irvin told the responding officer that his wife had been acting deviously lately and they were going through a rough patch in their marriage.
Rose Irvin admitted to sprinkling the powder on both her and her husband’s food and believes it to be a harmless mix of minerals, though she doesn’t know exactly what it was. She said she bought the powder through the mail from a psychic doctor in Virginia to try to improve their marital problems. The doctor told her she couldn’t tell her husband about the powder because if he knew it would not work.
Police took the powder as evidence and advised Bobby Irvin that if he felt unsafe he should prepare his own food and possibly find another place to live.