On August 28, 2016, an unbelievable crime took place in Queens. A female suspect named Viktoria Nasyrova attempted to commit murder with her devious plan of giving a sedative-laced cheesecake to her target in Forest Hills.

The Incident

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Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz commented that “A ruthless and calculating con artist is going to prison for a long time for trying to murder her way to personal profit and gain”. Thankfully, the target of the crime was able to survive the attack, and justice was served.

The Cheesecake

The mystery of Nasyrova's conviction came to a close on Aug. 28, 2016. On that day, Nasyrova arrived at the Queens home of the 35-year-old victim, bearing a cheesecake as a gift. At that time, the victim and Nasyrova had a striking physical similarity, with both having dark hair, complexion, and the ability to speak Russian.

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According to the evidence, the victim ate the cheesecake given to her by Nasyrova and soon after, began to feel ill and laid down. The woman's last memory before she passed out was of seeing Nasyrova walking around her room.

The following day, a friend discovered her unconscious in bed, with pills scattered around her as if she had attempted suicide. She was taken to the hospital for treatment and when she was discharged, she noticed her passport, employment authorization card, a gold ring, and other valuables were missing.

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Police Involved

Law enforcement officials from the Department of Homeland Security investigated the cheesecake container, confirming that the residue it contained was laced with Phenazepam, a powerful sedative. Additionally, a DEA analysis of pills found on the scene revealed that they were also made up of the same sedative.


Viktoria Nasyrova, 47, of Voorhies Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, was convicted in February of attempted murder in the second degree, attempted assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, unlawful imprisonment in the first degree and petit larceny. She will now spend 21 years in prison and will also have to undergo five years of post-release supervision.

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