Nearly three years after Lynn Hernan was discovered useless in her Pewaukee, Wisconsin, rental, a household buddy who had been caring for her has been arrested on homicide prices.
The twist? Authorities allege Jessy Rose Kurczewski, 37, poisoned Hernan with eyedrops after stealing almost $300,000 from the 64-year-old, then tried to persuade investigators that Hernan had in truth died by suicide by overdosing on medicine. In actuality, cops say, Kurczewski was a down-on-her-luck playing addict with a historical past of fraud who duped Hernan out of hundreds earlier than getting herself named the only real inheritor to Hernan’s property.
It all started on the afternoon of Oct. 3, 2018, when Kurczewski summoned police to Hernan’s house saying that Hernan had handed out and wasn’t respiration, based on a criminal complaint filed last week in Waukesha County Court. A sheriff’s deputy arrived to search out a “pale” Hernan mendacity unconscious in a recliner, with “a large amount of crushed medication on her chest and a plate directly to the left of her with a large amount of what appeared to be crushed up medication still on the plate.” The deputy noticed a “large number of prescription medication bottles on the table on either side of her. Fire Department medics arrived on the scene and pronounced Hernan deceased.
“Based on the initial observations investigators believed this could have been a drug overdose,” states the grievance, which was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Kurczewski advised cops that Hernan—who’s recognized solely as “Victim A” within the grievance, however is named in a now-reopened probate case relating to the need—had been performing “odd” all through the week. She stated she “believed there was a possibility that [Hernan] was suicidal but also stated she believed [Hernan] really loved her cats, often worried about them and wouldn’t want to leave them behind.”
However, neighbors and others who knew Hernan advised police that they didn’t imagine she was suicidal or would have overdosed on medicine, deliberately or not. One longtime buddy advised detectives that he had suspicions about Kurczewski and her mom, who had been utilizing Hernan’s Jeep after she died although the car was meant to go to Hernan’s nephew.
In January 2019, a cousin of Hernan’s recognized within the grievance as Witness B contacted the county health worker’s workplace with issues in regards to the circumstances of her loss of life. In a follow-up interview with police, the cousin stated he discovered it uncommon that Hernan would have willed her whole property to Kurczewski. He checked state data to see if Kurczewski had a prison historical past, and noticed a number of convictions for forgery and fraud.
“Witness B wanted to make sure that the will filed in probate was authentic and wanted to make sure there was nothing suspicious about the death of Victim A in the medical examiner’s autopsy report,” says the grievance.
That similar month, an post-mortem by Waukesha County Medical Examiner Linda Biedrzycki confirmed that Hernan had a deadly dose of tetrahydrozoline—the principle ingredient in over-the-counter eye drops—in her system. The reason behind loss of life was listed as tetrahydrozoline poisoning and categorised as a murder, not suicide or an accident.
Kurczewski had reportedly referred to as the health worker’s workplace quite a few occasions, eager to find out about Hernan’s toxicology outcomes.
“Kurczewski described many medical ailments that [Hernan] had prior to her death and told the detectives how frustrating it was that doctors could never diagnose or assist [Hernan] with her ailments,” says the grievance. “Kurczewski questioned whether [Hernan] died of medical reasons or whether the death was a suicide. The toxicology results were not shared with Kurczewski at that time.”
According to the grievance, Kurczewski speculated that Hernan was simply overwhelmed together with her myriad medical situations, saying she may have been “sick of being sick and having no answers.” In a subsequent interview with detectives, Kurczewski’s live-in boyfriend stated Kurczewski advised him she had spent a lot of time with Hernan within the hospital towards the tip of her life, whereas she was in a coma. However, detectives advised him that Hernan hadn’t been hospitalized earlier than she died, and was by no means in a coma.
The boyfriend additionally advised police that Kurczewski earned $20 an hour working at a dental workplace however recurrently spent $500 a night time at a native on line casino and gave out costly presents akin to laptop computer computer systems and Gameboys that others discovered “excessive” and “a little weird.”
In July 2019, cops executed a search warrant on the house Kurczewski shared together with her boyfriend. She was taken to jail on a probation maintain linked to a previous violation, and detectives interviewed her six occasions over the subsequent 10 days. Prosecutors allege that Kurczewski advised an array of tales, speaking in regards to the varied “illegal and legal controlled substances” that she claimed Hernan “would use and abuse throughout her life.” That’s when detectives advised Kurczewski in regards to the tetrahydrozoline the health worker present in Hernan’s system, prompting a disquisition from Kurczewski about how Hernan was “known” for eye drops, and that she bought them in enormous portions. When detectives advised Kurczewski they believed somebody poisoned Hernan and staged the scene in Hernan’s house to make it seem as an overdose, Kurczewski “adamantly denied” killing Hernan, the grievance explains.
“Kurczewski offered that [Hernan] must have staged her own suicide with the crushed pills because Kurczewski maintained that she did not,” it continues. “Kurczewski also says she had never heard of ‘Visine poisoning’ before,” and claimed she wasn’t “buying” the health worker’s findings.
Kurczewski then insisted she had really seen Hernan consuming vodka with Visine in it the day earlier than she died.
“Kurczewski had no rational explanation for not disclosing this information to detectives during either of the prior two interviews,” says the grievance. “Kurczewski then says that once [Hernan] started having so much Visine at the house she researched it. Kurczewski said [Hernan] ‘tried pills twice’ but it didn’t work. Kurczewski then says that [Hernan] had Visine dumped into a bottle of vodka for days prior to her death. Kurczewski claimed [Hernan] had become very ill twice before her death from drinking Visine and she was ‘shitting all over.’”
She continued, allegedly telling detectives that Hernan had used her telephone to analysis suicide strategies, purchased a gun with which she supposed to kill herself, and had in truth “saved” Hernan from herself on at the very least two events after strolling in on Hernan with a gun in her hand. Eventually, Kurczewski advised investigators that Hernan had a bottle of water at house with six bottles of Visine dissolved into it and fought Hernan when she requested Kurczewski at hand it to her. Kurczewski then stated “she’s probably going to prison for the rest of her life for helping [Hernan] do what she wanted.”
In all, police imagine Kurczewski stole $290,210.06 from Hernan, spending greater than $50,000 in lower than a yr at two Wisconsin casinos. She is now being held in lieu of $1 million money bond. If Kurczewski manages to make bail, the conditions set by the court include: no employment as a caregiver, no contact with any casinos, and no use or possession of over-the-counter eye drops.
Kurczewski doesn’t have a lawyer listed in courtroom data, and was unable to be reached for remark. She is due again in courtroom on June 25.