|Melissa Ann Friedrich. (Florida Department of Corrections)
A 77-year-old woman, known in media reports as the "Internet Black Widow," has been charged for the attempted murder of her husband in Nova Scotia, police said Tuesday.
Melissa Ann Weeks is also charged with administering a noxious thing, and is scheduled to appear in Sydney court Tuesday.
She and her husband, Fred Weeks, 75, were staying at a bed and breakfast in North Sydney when he became ill and was taken to hospital in an ambulance, reports the Chronicle Herald.
Police were called to the hospital Sunday morning after hospital staff became suspicious.
"Further investigation led police to believe the man's spouse matches the identity of a woman with a previous criminal history of fraud and manslaughter charges, and that she could be responsible for this man's illness," Cape Breton police said in a release.
The man has since been released from hospital.
Police got a search warrant and arrested Weeks at her New Glasgow, N.S., home Monday.
The woman was previously known as Melissa Ann Friedrich, media reports said.
Friedrich has a long criminal record involving former partners.
In 2001, she was convicted of manslaughter in the death of her former husband Gordon Stewart, who was drugged before she ran over him with a car a decade earlier near Halifax. She was sentenced to six years in prison, and served just two years.
In 2005, Friedrich was convicted for theft from a Florida man she had met on an online dating site. She was sentenced to five years in prison.
She's believed to have at least 13 aliases, and is known as the Internet Black Widow because she often meets men online, reports said.