Tylenol Murder Suspect James Lewis, Eyed Since the 1982 Killings, Says He's Innocent in New Interview

James Lewis said anyone who thinks he's guilty is "delusional."

ByABC News
January 8, 2010, 12:02 PM

Jan. 11, 2010 — -- The sole suspect in the 1982 Tylenol murders that left seven dead said in a bizarre interview Sunday that anyone who believes he's responsible is wrong. He said he thinks about the victims "daily."

Just days after he was ordered by a Massachusetts' court to hand over DNA and fingerprint samples, James Lewis, 62, appeared on a local cable television program Sunday night to defend his innocence and promote his new novel -- ironically titled "Poison!"

Asked by Cambridge Community Television show host Roger Nicholson, who has previously interviewed Lewis, whether he would be willing to "admit it right now" that he is the Tylenol killer, Lewis refused.

"The only thing I can say to you is that you're totally delusional," said Lewis, who spent most of the interview talking about his book, which he says is a fictional account of poisoning deaths in a Midwestern city.

No one has ever been charged in the Chicago-area Tylenol poisonings but Lewis has always remained under suspicion. After the murders he served 12 years in prison for writing an extortion letter to Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Tylenol, saying that if they paid $1 million they could "stop the killing."

After his release in 1995 he moved from Illinois to Massachusetts. In February 2009 his Cambridge, Mass., home was raided by the FBI; agents were seen leaving with boxes of evidence and an Apple computer.

Lewis said in this weekend's interview that even though he has "nothing to do" with the murders he still thinks about the victims.

"I feel for those people every day for the last 28 years," said Lewis.

Lewis' attorney, David Meier, did not return messages left by ABCNews.com.

A representative for Johnson & Johnson told ABCNews.com the company is referring all questions to the authorities.