A Connecticut woman picked a frightening and potentially deadly way to strike back at friends and family members who, she felt, had slighted her. Barbara Joan March sent cookies and candy laced with rat poison to Supreme Court justices and top FBI and Pentagon officials.

Neither March’s goodies nor her case made it to the Supreme Court, but retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor recounted the April 2005 episode recently as part of a discussion about threats against judges. Her comments were reported in the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram.