Cuyahoga County

Former Funeral Director Admits Poisoning, Killing Wife

1/31/2014 Cleveland -- After more than two decades of denials, a former Northeast Ohio funeral director now admits he killed his third wife by poisoning her with cyanide.

“I put the cyanide in the salt shaker. I left for Chicago, knowing that she would use the salt,” Robert Girts, 60, told Cuyahaga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Jackson, admitting what many people thought all along.

He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and insurance fraud, saying he poisoned his 42-year-old wife, Diane Girts, with cyanide on September 2, 1992. At the time, the couple lived in Parma.

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