Stephanie McClurg was poisoned by husband Jason McClurg five years ago at their Winona, Missouri home. Investigation Discovery’s TV show Til Death Do Us Part will detail the murder story in the episode titled “Love Sick.” Prosecutors say Jason McClurg wanted his wife dead, so he concocted a plan to spike her Kool-Aid with high blood pressure and motion sickness pills.
Til Death Do Us Part episode “Love Sick” on Investigation Discovery
When investigators arrive at a trailer home in a rural section of Missouri, they find a wife and mother dead. Could the couple’s mounting problems have ended in murder?
The Kool-Aid Wife Killer
It was the summer of 2014 when dispatchers were called to a mobile home in Winona, Missouri, where they found the body of 32-year-old Stephanie McClurg, a mother of four. Jason McClurg told investigators he found her dead after he returned to the trailer. According to him, his wife was alive before he left the house but complained of feeling tired.
At first glance, it appeared Stephanie McClurg could have overdosed on pills. An autopsy report showed she ingested a poisonous drink laced with crushed pills. Her death was listed as a homicide. Later, Investigators received some stunning information. Jason McClurg was having an affair with a woman. The mistress told police Jason outlined his diabolical plan to murder his wife, stating he promised to do it by tainting Stephanie McClurg’s drink and convincing her the drink was made by her two-year-old son. Proud that her baby boy had made juice just for her, Stephanie McClurg drank it, then immediately began feeling the fatal effects of the drink, according to the New York Daily News.
Hoping she would die, Jason McClurg took one last look at his wife and closed the door. He returned later to make sure his plan worked. Stephanie McClurg was the biological mother of four children. The youngest was two-months-old. She also had four stepchildren. The wife killer had made a previous attempt on Stephanie McClurg’s life a day earlier, according to court records.
“Victim went limp, and became very pale and unresponsive. She recovered, and returned home with Defendant. Defendant told his mistress that his plan did not work and had only caused Victim to have a seizure, but that he would likely try again. Defendant called Victim’s mother the next day to tell her that Victim had been dead for “quite awhile.”
Stephanie McClurg most likely survived the first attempt because she had a seizure. She wouldn’t be lucky a second time. A toxic amount of cyclobenzaprine was found in her blood, which led to an irregular heartbeat and death. Jason McClurg was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He later admitted to killing her.
On the 4th of July 2014, Jason McClurg escaped from custody as everyone watched the fireworks show. Police considered the 6-foot-1-inch, blonde hair blue-eyed man extremely dangerous. Jason McClurg committed an evil act to be with a woman, who did the right thing by turning him in to authorities.
If Jason was capable of killing his wife, he’d have no problem committing murder a second time. Today, Jason McClurg is inmate number 1304423, and he resides at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston, Missouri, where he is serving consecutive sentences of life without the chance for parole.
Stephanie McClurg’s Death: Social Comments
From Jennifer Berryman,
Not a day goes by i don’t think of you. I can only imagine how big Samuel is now! Time goes by way to fast you are gone but never ever will you be forgotten
From Becky Atkinson,
“I think about Stephanie everyday. I can still see her walking in my office door and sitting down to talk. Or in my car as we raced off at lunch time. I can see her walking in with cashew chicken to surprise me at noon. I miss her everyday and I would give anything to pick up my phone and hear her say Hi Beck!! When I went jn b the hospital she was the first one there. She walked in carrying a stuffed Garfield toy which is my prize possession now, because I had always liked the cartoon. I miss her, I love here and I will see her someday. Jason not only took my friend that day he took a big par t of my heart. And my big struggle now as a Christian is not to hate him. I’m supposed to forgive but I can’t yet. No punishment is good enough for him. He took the most beautiful, caring soul I ever knew. I don’t know why I wanted to write this except Stephanie is always on my mind. If I see a movie I think Stephanie would like this or a pair of shoes or a special food. I’ll never forget you sweet friend. I love you from the bottom of my heart.”
Watch Stephanie and Jason McClurg’s story on Til Death Do Us Part: “Love Sick” on ID at 10 p.m. Visit the Justice for Stephanie McClurg Facebook page here.
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