Rosemarie Essa Wiki, Biography
Rosemarie Essa’s story will be revealed in detail in the Dateline: Secrets Uncovered episode titled ‘Bitter Pill’. It will air on January 17, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. m. IN OXYGEN 79.
On February 24, 2005, while she was driving to a movie theater, she fell unconscious behind the wheel and collided with a moving truck. After that, she was taken to the hospital, where she later passed away. The first person suspected in her death was her spouse.
After being questioned by the police, her husband, Yazeed Essa, immediately left the country, traveling first to Cyprus and then to Lebanon. On October 7, 2006, he was arrested in Cyprus and extradited to the United States, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Let’s take a closer look at the life of Rosemarie Essa and how she was murdered.
Trigger Warning: This article contains details of her murder.
Rosemarie Essa’s husband killed her with potassium cyanide
Rosemarie Essa was born on October 21, 1966 to Rocco and Gee Gee DiPuccio. After becoming a nurse, she met Yazeed Essa, an emergency physician and businessman, in 1995. They fell in love and married on September 11, 1999.
Her first child, Armand, was born a year later. Two years later her daughter, Lena, was born. The family was described as being happy and planning to have a third child.
On February 24, 2005, Rosemarie was driving to a movie theater when she began having seizures, vomiting, and difficulty breathing behind the wheels of her car. She was rushed to the hospital. She was already driving at a very slow pace, prompting bystanders to call for help.
She was pronounced dead an hour after arriving at Hillcrest Hospital for treatment. The authorities were incredulous as there were no signs of physical injuries on her body. She was given two toxicology tests for common drugs and poisons, and yet nothing was revealed.
It was later discovered that there were traces of potassium cyanide in the dried saliva and vomit of the woman that caused her death. Potassium cyanide is a rare and lethal poison that leads to instant death after consumption.
Dominic DiPuccio told Dateline: Secrets Uncovered that he had received a call from one of Rosemarie’s closest friends, Eva McGregor. She told him that she didn’t suspect anyone other than Rosemarie’s own husband, Yazeed Essa.
“She proceeded to tell me that Rosie was talking to her on the way to the movies and said that Yaz had given her a calcium pill before she left the house and she started to feel dizzy.”
Eva McGregor asked Dominic to promise to do a full autopsy on her. He said:
She kept insisting: ‘Promise me you’ll get a full autopsy, promise me you’ll get a toxicology report.’ Promise me, promise me, promise me.”
Before leaving home, Yazeed Essa gave Rosemarie Essa a calcium supplement. In addition, the relatives recalled that Yazeed acted quite strangely after the death of his wife. Instead of asking family members for help, he hired Marguerita Montenaz and Michele Madeline as babysitters. He even had extramarital affairs with both of them.
Yazeed was questioned on March 17, 2005, where he revealed that he had insisted that Rosie take the calcium pills after hearing her mother talk about osteoporosis. He even took the agents to his house and gave them the bottle of calcium pills and other medications that his wife was taking.
Police tested the bottle of calcium pills delivered by Yazeed to find the pills laced with cyanide. However, the suspect had fled the country by then.