A former medical resident Doctor at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is charged with fatally poisoning his wife, a 32-year-old pharmacist who died days after she went to a hospital in August with stomach distress.
Poison specialist Connor Bowman, 30, allegedly tried to stop the autopsy on his wife, Betty Bowman – arguing she should be cremated immediately as she had a rare illness, which hospital tests did not confirm. The medical examiner’s office halted the order for cremation, citing suspicious circumstances, and an autopsy showed Betty Bowman died from toxic effects of colchicine, a medicine used to treat gout.
Medical records indicate she was not diagnosed with gout and had not been prescribed the medicine, the complaint states, adding that Connor Bowman had been researching the drug prior to his wife’s death. Six days before she was hospitalized, he had also converted his wife’s weight to kilograms and multiplied that by 0.8 – with 0.8 mg/kg considered to be the lethal dosage rate for colchicine.
One of Betty Bowman’s friends told investigators she was “a healthy person,” and her marriage was in peril due to infidelity and other issues, and divorce was on the horizon. She also claimed the couple had separate bank accounts due to Connor’s debts, and that Connor told the friend he was set to collect $500,000 in life insurance, according to the complaint. Authorities found a receipt for a $450,000 bank deposit inside his home.
Connor Bowman have now been charged with second-degree murder and kept in custody.
Mayo Clinic spokesperson Amanda Dyslin released a statement Tuesday that did not identify Bowman by name, but indicated he was a resident at the hospital.
“We are aware of the recent arrest of a former Mayo Clinic resident on charges unrelated to his Mayo Clinic responsibilities. The resident’s training at Mayo Clinic ended earlier this month.”
Betty Bowman was also a pharmacist at Mayo Clinic. According to Betty Bowman’s obituary, she married Connor Bowman on May 30, 2021.
“The couple lived in Rochester, Minnesota, where Betty worked as a diligent and capable hospital pharmacist while Connor went through Internal Medicine residency.
Connor Bowman is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 1.