Leta Hole was in her senior year at Choate Rosemary Hall, an elite, private college-prep school. A longtime hockey player, she’d been concerned about her weight, which at her death doctors estimated was 165 pounds. Her parents said they didn’t know she’d been buying over-the-counter weight-loss products from stores and later the Internet — until it was too late.
Leta’s mother, Bonnie Hole, vividly recalls the call she got from her daughter in September 2002. “She sounded distressed and she said, ‘Mom, I’ve done something stupid. Please help me. I don’t feel good. This was stupid. Can you come home?'”
Bonnie Hole called 911 and raced home. The teenager, who had a history of depression, told doctors she had taken about a dozen of the “diet pills” in a suicide attempt. She’d never done anything like that before, her parents said. At Yale-New Haven Hospital, doctors scrambled to figure out what was in the gel caps and how they could save her.
“They weren’t in a pill bottle with a label … they were in a Ziploc bag,” Bonnie Hole said. The bag had “60 DNP” written on it in black marker and contained 27 unmarked clear capsules containing a yellow powder, according to a medical journal article later published by Leta’s doctors. Prosecutors would later write that the DNP capsules sold by Cahill’s business “did not bear labeling containing adequate directions for use or adequate warnings against use.”
Leta’s body was being torn apart by the uncontrolled heat-generating chemical reaction produced by the DNP. “She was in such pain and screaming. They tied her down by her wrists and her ankles,” Bonnie Hole said. “It was all so chaotic and horrible.”
Leta died at the hospital 10 hours after taking the DNP. Her case, doctors later wrote, underscores “the profound risks associated with the use of DNP and other ‘supplements’ to promote weight loss.” There is no antidote to DNP.
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