Nanny Cam Footage Allegedly Shows Wife Poisoning Husband With Drano


In a story right out of a true crime podcast, a Southern California woman is accused of allegedly trying to poison her husband.

And according to her husband and police, he has the nanny cam footage to prove it.


Dr. Yue Emily Yu, a 45-year-old dermatologist, was arrested last week on suspicion of poisoning her radiologist husband, Jack Chen (53) on multiple occasions.

Yu allegedly spiked his hot lemonade with liquid Drano.

The Irvine Police Department issued a news release on their Facebook page saying that “an Irvine woman was arrested for poisoning her husband of 10 years.” 

It continued:

“On Thursday, August 4, a resident reported he suspected he was being poisoned by his wife. The victim had fallen ill over the course of one month and became suspicious his wife was responsible for his illness.

The victim captured video evidence supporting his suspicion and turned it over to police.”

Irvine Police Dept. news release Yue Emily Yu

Chen first suspected his wife when he began suffering from unusual symptoms back in March & April.

According to CBS News, “aside from the chemical taste in his mouth,” (no doubt) “Chen was diagnosed with stomach ulcers, gastritis and inflammation of the esophagus.”

He decided to take matters into his own hands and do some sleuthing.

He set up a hidden nanny cam in the kitchen and claims he caught footage of her adding liquid Drano to his glass on July 11, 18, and 25.

screengrab from video Yue Yu pouring Drano
Image Credit: NY Post

According to Yu’s lawyer, however, she was just pouring the cleaning chemical into an empty cup to unclog pipes. 

Her attorney, David Wohl, told CBS News:

“The idea that my client, who is a 45-year-old well-respected dermatologist in Orange County, would destroy her life, destroy her children’s lives and try to kill her husband is just completely absurd and untrue — and for that matter defamatory.” 

Of course, the news has spread like wildfire and people are talking. And because they just can’t help themselves, making jokes.

(Look we know this is serious but this is just how we deal ok?)

And while the idea of a wife attempting to off her husband is shocking, what people seem to find more shocking is that Chen was drinking HOT lemonade.

People had questions. Mostly about the HOT lemonade.

But also about, well, pretty much everything. Except for the one not-so-small issue that in instances such as these, your Google history is not your friend. (Said every convicted felon everywhere).

As for using Drano as a weapon of choice, people were divided.

Some liked the idea, even suggesting it have its own shot name:

Others thought it would pair nicely with a “twist of lemon, spritz of vermouth, and two olives.”

Murder on the rocks, anyone? Or perhaps you’d prefer it shaken, not stirred.

Speaking of preferences, one guy preferred Liquid Plumr to Drano, saying: 

And while Liquid Plumr MAY have been a better choice, there are still better options out there, apparently. Just ask this lady. She knows. (Wonder if we should be concerned about her husband??)

FB comment @IrvinePD

All joking aside, poisoning your spouse is never the RIGHT choice obviously.

So what is the right choice when you’re feeling like “Til Death Do You Part” just can’t come soon enough?

We’ve come up with a few alternatives that won’t see you facing 25 to life.

  • – NO, don’t do this. Have we learned nothing from The Tiger King??
  • Quietly resent each other & employ such tactics as flipping them the bird behind their back, silently ending each sentence with *asshole (or any other derogatory term that suits your fancy), rolling your eyes, or rage whispering not-so-sweet-nothings in their ear while they sleep.
  • Resent each other loudly by slamming doors, screaming profanities, or claiming, “I have a headache,” like a normal couple.
  • Try rekindling that flame of passion with sex therapy or a couples’ retreat
  • Take up rage yoga or cow cuddling, or both
  • Book a rage room where you can release your pent-up stress and frustration WITHOUT becoming the next headliner in a true-crime podcast by smashing all.the.things. You can even have a custom room experience where the company will tailor the room to fit your needs, adding personal framed photos to the walls and providing items that remind you of all the things you love to hate. Like your spouse, for example. 
  • Adopt a man-hating (or woman-hating, as the case may be) chihuahua possessed with the soul of a TRAUMATIZED VICTORIAN CHILD.

Of course, you could always just opt to get a divorce.

In all seriousness, murder is no joke. The reality is that we don’t really know what happened in this case or what may have led this wife to resort to allegedly poisoning her husband (although we’re betting all the nitty gritty details will be coming to an episode of Dateline soon.)

And obviously, we don’t condone poisoning your spouse with Drano – which may or may not have happened.

What we do know is that Yu is currently out on $30,000 bail and no charges have been laid as of yet.

According to the Irvine Police, Chen sustained significant internal injuries but is expected to recover.

His marriage, however, will not.

Chen was granted a temporary restraining order against his wife and has filed for divorce (obviously). He is seeking sole custody of the couple’s two children. 







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