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 August 25, 2023

Mississauga man accused of illegally selling substances used in dozens of suicides

A Canadian man's online sale of a lethal substance has been connected to numerous fatalities across three countries.

Kenneth Law, a 57-year-old from Mississauga, Ontario, has found himself in the midst of a major international investigation. He's accused of selling sodium nitrite online, a substance that, while commonly used as a food additive, can be deadly in large doses. This sale has been linked to 88 deaths, primarily in the U.K., Canada, and the U.S.

Law's arrest came after a series of events that began with a sudden death on March 31. The victim was suspected of consuming sodium nitrite purchased from one of Law's online businesses. This incident led to further investigations, revealing a disturbing pattern. Families in the U.K. discovered their deceased loved ones had ordered sodium nitrite online, tracing the source back to the Greater Toronto Area.

Lee Cooper, a resident of Liverpool, England, shared a heart-wrenching account of his brother, Gary Cooper, who tragically passed away after consuming sodium nitrite shipped from Canada. This and similar stories have prompted calls for the shutdown of an online suicide message board where users discussed websites linked to Law.

Law's defense: A controversial stance

When confronted about his actions, Law had a unique defense. He claimed he began selling the substance after witnessing his mother suffering from a non-lethal stroke. His father, due to religious beliefs, was against euthanasia. Law saw his sales as a way to help those in pain.

Law's controversial viewpoint was further highlighted when he told an undercover reporter that his customers believed he was doing "God’s work." However, he also emphasized that he was "not assisting anything" but merely "selling a product."

Craig Turner, the NCA deputy director, stated:

Our deepest sympathies are with the loved ones of those who have died. They are being supported by specially trained officers from police forces.

Multiple companies under scrutiny

Peel Deputy Police Chief Marc Andrews revealed that Law was associated with several companies. These include Imtime Cuisine, AmbuCA, Academic/ACademic, Escape Mode/escMode, and ICemac. The public has been urged to report if they know of anyone who received packages from these companies, as they could be potentially harmful.

The charges against Law are severe. He faces two counts of counseling or aiding suicide after the deaths of two adults in Peel Region. The National Crime Agency (NCA) in the U.K. is also investigating Law's connection to the 88 deaths and has been conducting welfare checks on potential buyers.

Peel Regional Police have identified "1,200 packages that have been shipped" to "over 40 countries." This revelation underscores the vast reach and potential harm of Law's operations.

Why this story matters to many

The Kenneth Law case is more than just a news headline; it touches on several societal issues. The ease of accessing potentially harmful substances online, the ethical debates surrounding euthanasia, and the role of online forums in influencing decisions are all brought to the forefront.

For many, it's a wake-up call about the dangers of the digital age. The internet, while a source of information and connection, can also be a place of deception and harm. This story serves as a reminder to always be cautious and vigilant when navigating the online world.

Furthermore, the case raises questions about the responsibility of online sellers. Should they be held accountable for how their products are used? Or is it up to the buyer to use products responsibly? These are questions that society will grapple with as the digital age continues to evolve.

Lastly, for the families affected, this story is a painful reminder of their loss. Their calls for justice and change are a testament to their resilience and love for their departed loved ones.

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Written By: Rampart Stonebridge

I'm Rampart Stonebridge, a curious and passionate writer who can't get enough of true crime. As a criminal investigative journalist, I put on my detective hat, delving deep into each case to reveal the hidden truths. My mission? To share engaging stories and shed light on the complexities of our mysterious world, all while satisfying your curiosity about the intriguing realm of true crime.
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