Suegra from hell poisons son's girlfriend because she was jealous
Jealousy can make people do all kinds of things, as one woman found out the hard way. Dawn Simyan had to be hospitalized for three weeks after Helen Galli, her boyfriend's mother, laced her fruit juice with antifreeze because she was jealous of their relationship. Today, Galli was found guilty of aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment. The 81-year-old abuelita will remain free on bail until her sentencing in December.
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The description of the trial sounds like something taken straight out of a telenovela with Galli's defense attorneys claiming that Simyan poisoned her own self to gain her boyfriend's attention. The woman was also described as being "perpetually drunk" and a "gold digger" who only cared about her boyfriend's million dollar gas lease. Even if those claims were true, that still didn't give Galli the right to try to poison her.
Meanwhile, the prosecution described the man in the middle of the love triangle as a "momma's boy" and had one of Galli's former neighbors testify that when the poising plot didn't work, the elderly woman repeatedly asked her if she "knew someone who would blow up" Simyan's car. I guess she truly hated her.
Stories like this one make me wonder what kind of mother-in-law I'll be in the (hopefully very distant) future when my one and only son starts dating and eventually gets married. I'd like to think I'll be like my mother is with my brother: she's there when she's needed, but doesn't get overly involved. I know it'll be hard for me not to be jealous and that relationships between suegras and nueras are not always easy, but hopefully I won't go all crazy like this old lady did!
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