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Next time someone comes to your house bringing baked goods make sure you think twice before eating, because they might be trying to poison you. 

At least that was the case for Olga Tsvyk, a resident of Queens, NY. It’s one of the strangest murder plots of this year. 

According to court documents, the cheesecake killer, Viktoria Nasyrova, from Brooklyn, decided to kill Tsvyk and steal her identity. Nasyrova was a client of Tsvyk, who runs a beauty salon out of her home. 

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Olga Tsvyk/NY Post

Nasyrova showed up, carrying the murder weapon — the cheesecake — claiming it’s a gift for Tsvyk for her excellent services. The salon owner reported eating two slices before she became extremely sick. Apparently, Nasyrova laced the cheesecake with a powerful Russian tranquilizer. 

As Tsvyk began to throw up and ask for help, Nasyrova staged the salon to make it look like Tsvyk killed herself. Then she took off with the victim’s passport and money. 

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Victoria Nasyrova/NY Post

She was eventually caught and arrested after her DNA was collected from the cheesecake box. Witnesses lined up to testify against Viktoria Nasyrova in her trial, telling the jury she had a long history of poisoning people. She first murdered her neighbor in Russia, again by poisoning the woman and then setting her body on fire. Nasyrova quickly boarded a flight to New York where she has been living ever since, drugging men she met on dating apps. 

If found guilty, the cheesecake killer is looking at 25 years behind bars. If jail officials know what is good for them, they’ll keep her out of kitchen duties. 

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By Jolene Grace

Jolene Grace was a journalist for ten years, interning for CBS evening news, working as a beat report for Oklahoma Public radio, and eventually transitioning into managing digital content for a radio corporation. Currently, she writes crime fiction full time and blogs for the Crime Room. Jolene is fortunate enough to be able to tell the stories of those who no longer can. She’s passionate to write about cold cases being solved. You can read her blogs on thecrimeroom.com or listen to The Crime Room Podcast wherever in the world you happened to be. Let’s Talk Crime.

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