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CyanideBIRMINGHAM, AL – A man who’d just been convicted of sexually assaulting a young child dropped dead following the guilty verdict, saving Alabama taxpayers some money by apparently from swallowing cyanide.

According to Travis Parker, the emergency medical chief for the Tuscaloosa Fire & Rescue Service, William Thomas Moore Jr., 42, was being booked into jail on Monday when he informed officers that he’d just swallowed a cyanide tablet. Mr. Guilty was dead before rescuers could arrive and was officially pronounced dead at DCH Regional Medical Center a short time later.

“Our guys said the jailer told them he said, ‘I took cyanide,'” Parker told reporters. “It was fast-acting, whatever it was.” Moore was being autopsied, but results weren’t immediately available, and chemical testing was required to determine the exact substance, Parker said.

Moore was looking at a possible sentence of 20 years in the Hotel Greybar for sexual abuse of a child younger than 12. He was acquitted on a sodomy charge moments before the guilty verdict was announced. People in the gallery reported seeing Moore place something in his mouth immediately after hearing the verdict, and it probably wasn’t a TUMS.

Moore reportedly said that he was only taking his daily medication, said Lt. Dale Phillips, commander of the area homicide unit. Following the reading of the verdict, deputies cuffed Moore, who walked out of court on his own. Parker said medics carry a cyanide antidote and administered it, but without any results. Nothing was found in Moore’s mouth that could have been used as a container for the poison, Parker said.

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“His family is in the exterminating business. We don’t know if he got something from that or not,” Parker said. Be fitting, though, right? If you can kill one cockroach with cyanide.

Moore had been free on bond while awaiting trial, after being indicted of multiple sex abuse charges in December 2011. According to court records, Moore had priors that included arrests on drug charges and a conviction for selling drugs near a school dating back to 1994.

Moore’s early exit came just weeks after a Missouri man used cyanide to off himself in court after being found guilty. He’d been charged with molesting a 14-year-old girl. Here’s hoping a pattern is starting to develop.

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  • abracadaver425

    Oh, how I love a.happy ending!!

  • CT


  • Too little, too late. He should have killed himself long ago. Andi t should have been even more painful and long lasting.

  • cyanide pills should be given as a prize for a guilty verdict every time there is a pedo in court…

  • Anyone know where they get them? Not that I’m in the market, just curious as this is like the 4th story this year I’ve heard of people doing this in court. I like to imagine there is a secret pharmacy in the jails that dole them out to the inmates before sentencing.

  • Seems to be a rash of dead pedophiles the past couple of days – let’s hope the trend continues!

  • Jycorro

    I hope it is a trend.

  • I wonder if he was molested

  • sugarpie

    Now, THAT put a smile on my face. 🙂

  • RedScarab

    I say just give people these cyanide pills instead of giving them a lethal injection or going to the electric chair. It would save time, money and hopefully make it easier to kill way more people on death row.

  • Finally, my psionic attack worked.

  • Amen! Good points Billy and Justice!

  • Irrelevant

  • Not irrelevant since that’s how the cycle gets started. If you’re not interested in the cause and stopping it and just bent on vengeance that’s your issue.

  • ; He did the tax-payers a good deed, but, perhaps, he could have taken the poison before committing the crime.

  • Yay!

  • Texas Ranger

    Other than that he got the last say AGAIN on what he and he alone wanted the fuck to do in this world without disregard to anyone else…..I’m ecstatic.

    Guard should have pumped a few gallons of hot lead up his ass while he was dying…you know, for just a “little” revenge.

  • Not enough likes. Thank you, son of a bitch, for saving the state 30k per year.

  • sugarpie

    Right, you could give it to them right at the sentencing trial and have the coroner and hearst waiting outside the courthouse. **smiling at the thought of them walking past the hearst on the way into court** 🙂

  • Good riddance

  • I’m not sad at all.

  • Jessica Stewart

    Yeah, it always confuses me why we try to prevent suicide being committed by convicted criminals, Why not just let them do it “Here’s your cell, and enough rope to hang yourself, should you so choose.” Admittedly this could cause some problems and I could see the system being abused.

  • I was molested, I have yet to molest anyone. Should I have someone watching me? I think that the whole “I was molested” thing is just a chomo looking for pity.

  • I’ll toast to this!

  • VenusDoom3

    How thoughtful of him to take care of the whole “taxpayers funding his jail stay” thing! I bet the victim’s parents were half thrilled and half pissed that they didn’t get to do it to him themselves.

  • Miss_Ann_thrope

    How apropos. He did not want to go to the roach motel so he checked himself out

    Clearly he offed himself because he wanted to avoid punishment and not because he was plagued by guilt. It is a shame that he didn’t take a dirt nap BEFORE molesting the child . . .

  • Child abuse is a choice plain and simple. I know MANY people who where abused and not only not abuse but fight against abuse. I was abused is not ever an excuse.

  • In certain cases I am mad when the guy commits suicide to early before facing some type of justice…(an off the head example would be Josh Powell and that bastard took those babies with him) because I want them to see prison before they die. But on the other side of that coin I don’t like to feed these bastards with my hard earned dollar. So when it’s guys like this I think a cyanide pill is a perfect remedy for their stupid child raping asses! Here is to also hoping it’s an extremely painful way to die!!!

  • tkaz


  • tkaz

    Eh. I don’t think I need to have them on this earth anymore. They could easily find solace in prison by reliving their crimes, harassing the victim or even writing a book or getting a college degree.
    Screw ’em. Let them cease to exist.

  • Yea!!!

  • I agree if the case has been resolved. But sometimes when these douches kill themselves they take a suffering families answers with them…
    Once they have been convicted of a crime.. then I am all for them ending their drain on my wallet…especially in this case where the bastard was guilty and I am glad he took that pill….

  • MaricelaAlvrz

    Wish he would have taken the cyanide before he abused the child but after is good too. I wonder if the rescue teams took a little longer than usual to respond to this call… I know I would have been “stuck in traffic”

  • patrickdh10

    All child molesters should have the right to a cyanide option. That or life in solitary confinement.

  • Vesper B

    Anyone here see the video of the man who took the cyanide pill in an Arizona (I think) courtroom? I used to think cyanide was a painless death (damn spy films) but that was eye-opening.

    Those few minutes are terrifying…not as terrifying as the life sentence this stain gave the kid(s) he molested. Glad he went this way.

  • True

    Win/win situation! Let’s celebrate!

  • JustBrowsingLife
  • Really quite a dramatic ending to a pathetic life. What else can I say except bye bye to a hell bound child rapist and candidate for piece of shit of the decade in whatever home town he hails from.

  • kiowaprincess

    Yes, please, become a trend. I want to help get the word out. I have strong arguments to persuade them to just pop the death pill. Number one being, PRISON SUCKS! Especially for perverts. It’s SO AWFUL! Crappy food, thin mattresses, and the constant possibility of violence and/or sexual assault. As Nike would say, Just do it.

  • LeaveMeBe

    I wish he would have swallowed the cyanide BEFORE he molested a child.

  • that worked out perfect

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    I wish that they would take the cyanide BEFORE they molest the kids…but better late than never, I guess.

  • techsupp0rt

    They should just have those available in a little dish like after dinner mints as people leave the courtroom.

  • JGo555


  • Emily Sattler