Do you think poison has made a resurgence as a murder weapon or has science simply made it easier to detect? What's your poison…
Arsenic – FYI it's estimated that approximately 137 million people are exposed to elevated levels through their drinking water. The Near Perfect Murder Weapon as used by Ann Miller Kontz.
Ethylene Glycol – while typically only moderately toxic its sweet taste is the cause for consumption of large quantities. In 2007, 1000 cases were reported – 16 resulted in death. This is a curious statement - did the coverage increase the poisoning?Intentional Ethylene Glycol Poisoning Increase after Media Coverage of Antifreeze Murders and as proof here are a few examples - Del. woman killed husband with antifreeze
Sodium Fluoroacetate – a pesticide with a taste similar to that of salt. It occurs naturally and is produced synthetically. A possibly famous murder, read it here - The dead billionaire and the 'KGB poison killer'.
Mercury – a heavy metal that occurs in many forms – liquid, vapor, inorganic salts, and can be found in cosmetics, fluorescent lamps, dental fillings. One of the most interesting cases involved poison chewing gum that killed both the killer and his fiancée Forensic Toxicology Poison Murders Solved By William Wolf (1935) or an even earlier recording of mercury and murder via Fatal Mercury Poisoning Cases in Forensic Practice.
Dioxin – TCDD is created as a by-product of industrialization such as the manufacturing of paper by pulp bleaching, or what is given off by incinerator fumes. Dioxin enters the body via our consumption of fish, meat, and diary. Agent Orange, a famous purveyor of the toxin dioxin, has killed or maimed hundreds of thousands, Killing Me Softly: How Agent Orange Murders Vietnam's Children during and since the Vietnam War. The attempted murder of the Passaic River: Moran. Or it's used in political murders such as the case of Viktor Yushchenko – Dioxin Murder Most Harmful
Amatoxin – or poison mushrooms. It can be accidental such as this story Poison Mushroom Soup Kills 2 Elderly Women Two die after eating death cap mushrooms or it can be used for murder - Death of the Emperor Claudius.
Strychnine – another pesticide that cause spasms and a painful death that could take 2 to 3 hours. Murder of John P. Stickles 1876 or it can help launch a writing career such as the famous Agatha Christie and her novel of 1920 - The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
Tetrodotoxin – is a neurotoxin found in pufferfish, porcupinefish, and others. It too can be used to commit murder Lake in the Hills Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Acquiring and Possessing Deadly Neurotoxin or it can occur accidently FDA Investigates Puffer Fish Poisoning Illness in Virginia.
Cyanide – used as a pesticide and insecticide It can also be found in tobacco smoke and building fires, but you can also find it in almonds, apple seeds. Used as a weapon of war, and in gas chambers, cyanide salts are a popular and fast-acting suicide device. Cyanide has a long history in manufacturing and in murder such as A Cyanide Murder In Chicago or The Tylenol murders.
Botulinum a neurotoxic protein produced commercially – type A and Type B – used medically, and cosmetically, and in research. As a foodborne illness, it can be treated, but when used medically or cosmetically there are still warnings of adverse side effects. And yet we willing inject this into our bodies to get rid of wrinkles? Botulinum Toxin type H- the Deadliest Known Toxin With no Known Antidote Discovered I did not find proof that Botulinum has been used for murder but … A Verdict in South Africa
I hope this has been informative – so what's your poison? Have you ever considered coming up with something new?