the similarities between these two unusual deaths and determined that no autopsy or investigation was required.
Now convinced that she could get away with murder, Lehman began to plot against her neighbors. On February 15, 1954, she offered chocolate truffles laced with the deadly poison to several women in the neighborhood. One of the unfortunate women suffered severe convulsions, lapsed into a coma, and died. Finally realizing that something was amiss with Christa Lehman, a police investigation was launched and she was arrested less than ten days after the death of her last victim. Once in custody, Lehman confessed to poisoning her neighbors and claimed it was an act of revenge for the gossip that had been spread about her various (and less than secret) relationships. However, the woman whom she had murdered was not one against whom Lehman had ever expressed animosity. Furthermore, Lehman never provided a consistent motive for the attacks against her husband or father-in-law. Nonetheless, a reasonable assumption could be made that she had tired of the criticism of her free-ranging lifestyle and wished to be released from the abusive relationship with her spouse.
On September 20, 1954, Christa Lehman was convicted on multiple charges of homicide and sentenced to life in prison. However, she never provided a definitive motive for her murderous actions.