Lt Verle Lee Hartley, US Navy, Died of Arsenic Poisoning in 1982, NCIS Cold Case Squad Solved Murder 13 Years Later, Wife Pamela Plead Guilty (1982)


Lt Verle Lee Hartley, US Navy

  • Lee Hartley, US Navy, USS Forrestal (19 years of service)
  • Lee had one child from a previous marriage with Lynda Patel.
  • Lee Hartley died of arsenic poisoning on November 18, 1982.
  • Pamela received $35,000 in insurance money, $10,000 a year in veterans benefits, and free military medical benefits.
  • His second wife Pamela Hartley confessed & was charged with murder.
  • Pamela pleaded guilty to second degree murder in 1996.
  • Pamela was sentenced to 40 years in prison by a Florida state court.
  • Pamela Hartley served 16 years of a 40 year sentence; paroled.

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In 1982, a Naval Officer dies from a mysterious illness. When toxicology reports reveal he was poisoned, Naval Investigators sift through a ship of thousands, and countless theories before the truth behind the victim’s painful death is revealed. -Discovery ID

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