American convicted murderer Blanche Taylor Moore was born on February 17, 1933, with the birth name Blanche Kiser in Concord, North Carolina to her mother, Flonnie Blanche, and father, Parker Davis Kiser. Parker was a mill-worker, womanizer, an ordained Baptist minister and an alcoholic who forced Blanche into prostitution at a later age so that she could earn money to pay for his gambling debts. Parker died in 1966 from a heart attack. Blanche was known by many people for quoting scriptures and instantly switching to sexually explicit topics.
Blanche was convicted of putting arsenic poisoning in her boyfriend"s food which resulted in his death and was/is suspected of killing three other victims. She married veteran and furniture restorer James Napoleon Taylor in 1952, and they had two children who were born in 1953 and 1959. Blanche began working at Kroger"s in 1954 as a cashier and was promoted to head cashier by 1959 which was the highest job a female employee can hold at Kroger during that time. She began having an affair with the store manager, Raymond Reid in 1962. Her husband, James Taylor died in 1971 from a heart attack, just like her alcoholic father Parker Kiser five years ago.
Blanche began dating Raymond publicly after her husband, James died in 1971, but her relationship with Raymond ended in 1985, and that may be due to her dating regional manager Kevin Denton for the Triad area. Blanche Moore filed a sexual harassment charge against Kevin Denton and Kroger in October 1985 after their relationship did not work out. Kevin Denton had no option but to resign resulting in Blanche receiving a hefty payment of $275,000 after Kroger settled the sexual harassment case out of court about two years later.
Blanche blamed/accused two unknown people of starting two fires in 1985 that damaged her mobile home. Blanche met divorcee Rev. Dwight Moore on Easter Sunday and began having several meals with him while she was still dating Raymond Reid. Dwight was the new pastor of her church, Carolina United Church of Christ in Alamance County. Blanche had to hide her relationship with Dwight because her lawsuits against Kroger states that she was "completely alienated and antagonistic towards men and has not been able to maintain any meaningful social contacts with the opposite sex." Blanche asked Dwight to obtain arsenic ant killer for her.
Raymond Reid was diagnosed with shingles in 1986 and became hospitalized in April 1986. Raymond died from Guillain-Barre syndrome on October 7, 1986.
Blanche and Reverend Dwight began meeting each other publicly not too long after Raymond died and was supposed to marry each other in 1987, but Blanche developed breast cancer. Their wedding date was postponed until November 1988, but Dwight was diagnosed with a mysterious intestinal ailment and needed two surgeries. Blanche and Dwight got married on April 19, 1989, and went to New Jersey for their honeymoon on the weekend. The newly wedded couple returned home on Monday but not too long after, on Wednesday Dwight fell ill after eating a chicken sandwich.
Dwight was admitted on April 28 to Alamance County Hospital after suffering for two days. He was transferred to North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem and was later admitted to North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. Doctors ordered a toxicology screen, and the results on March 13 states that Dwight had 20 times the lethal dose of arsenic in his body which was the most arsenic ever found in a living patient in history at that point. Dwight survived but did not regain full sensation in his feet and hands. Dwight mentioned that he still had tremors in his hands and feet and felt weakness in his legs in an interview with WXII-TV in Winston-Salem in 2010.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation ordered for Raymond Reid, Parker Kiser, and James Taylor bodies to be exhumed after they were alerted about Dwight arsenic level. Autopsies results showed that all three bodies contained arsenic. It was discovered that a toxicology screen was ordered by doctors at Baptist Hospital for Raymond Reid and the results indicate that his body had a huge amount of arsenic.
The test results did not make it to the chain of command because the day the results were available was the same day the nurse in charge of Raymond was transferred to a different hospital. Raymond"s new nurse did not follow through with the paperwork resulting in Raymond to receive another lethal dose of arsenic from his girlfriend, Blanche in his hospital bed.
The State Bureau of Investigation became suspicious of Blanche when she tried to
change Dwight"s pension for her to be the principal beneficiary. Blanche claims during her interviews that Raymond and Dwight were feeling depressed and maybe that is what drove them to take arsenic. Blanche had Dwight cut his hair so that investigator cannot take a sample from his head but the investigators took a hair sample from his private region instead.
Blanche"s killing spree was from 1968 to 1989. Blanche was arrested on July 18, 1989, in North Carolina and was charged with the first-degree murder of Raymond Reid. Prosecutors decided to charge Blanche with poisoning/killing Raymond Reid because of their proof that she was feeding Raymond pudding with arsenic in it. There was not much evidence that she tried to kill Dwight since the doctors found indications that he was being poisoned to early which made it hard to find who was poisoning him.
Blanche"s trial began on October 21, 1990, in Winston-Salem where she denied ever giving Raymond food but fifty-three witnesses testified that she took food to Raymond daily in the hospital. Raymond Reid"s ex-wife and sons sued Baptist Hospital for malpractice, and his family provided proof that Blanche was behind his death and she should have found out about Raymond"s toxicology screen.
Blanche Moore was found guilty on November 14, and the jury wanted to give Blanche the death penalty sentence on November 17. The presiding judge sentenced Blanche Moore on January 18, 1991, to die by lethal injection. Blanche is prisoner # 0288088 at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women. Blanche has managed to escape execution for over 20 years, and that is because of the automatic appeals.
Blanche and 11 other death-row inmates filed a motion in 2010 in Forsyth County to change their death penalty sentence to life imprisonment based on the state"s Racial Justice Act. Blanche needed chemotherapy and radiation therapy in prison.
It is assumed that Blanche had killed her mother-in-law Isla Taylor and many others who died mysteriously but their bodies were not exhumed. Although it was assumed, Blanche was charged with murdering Isla and James and attempted murder of Dwight Moore. She was not tried for James, Isla or Dwight because authorities thought that it was not worth it since she was already sentenced to death.
1968 - P. D. Kiser: Exhumed body shows arsenic poisoning
1970 - Isla Taylor: Exhumed body shows arsenic poisoning
1971 - James N. Taylor: Exhumed body shows arsenic poisoning
1986 - Raymond Reid: Died from arsenic poisoning
1989 - Dwight Moore: He was poisoned with arsenic, but he recovered
Title: Preacher"s Girl
Author: Jim Schutze