James Lewis, Tylenol Poisoning Suspect, Promotes New Book 'POISON!'

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Prosecutors are moving closer to making a case against James Lewis, the prime suspect in the 1982 Tylenol poisonings that left seven dead. But Lewis went on local television Monday, denying the charges while promoting his new novel "POISON!"

Tylenol bottles were taken from drug stores around Chicago, laced with cyanide, and re-planted in the stores, in a string of poisonings that left the city in a panic and led to a massive recall of the drug. At the time, Lewis wrote letters to Tylenol demanding $1 million to stop the killings; he served a 13-year sentence for extortion.

In the interview, though, he claimed to have nothing to do with the murders, calling the host who asked the question "totally delusional."

Lewis also hawked his newly minted novel. He described the plot of the book to Chuck Goudie, a Daily Herald reporter, in an email exchange.

"Neighbors are randomly poisoned. The psychological fantasy of POISON! is twisted and surreal" Lewis stated in an email to me.

Then he quickly added: "POISON! is a novel, totally fictional."

Watch the interview: