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Often colorless and tasteless, they'd be just the thing to add to a wastrel husband's oatmeal or an inconvenient grandmother's pudding. But the golden age of poisoning, which stretched from the 19th century into the 20th, came to an end thanks to scientists who set the standards for today's CSI crews.
We talked about the alleged femininity of poisoners, the use of killer poisons as an aid to inheritances, and the legacy of early forensic scientists.
I also mentioned the degree-plus weather here in San Diego. Hope she doesn't send me any gifts from the pantry! Q: Why was it so easy to poison people before the forensic scientists stepped in?
A: A lot of good poisons were easily available. You could go down to the corner store and get arsenic and cyanide was in all sorts of household products. Strychnine was marketed as a pick-me-up tonic.
And there wasn't a scientist in the known universe who could detect them in a body. Q: If it was so easy to poison people and get away with it, why do you think there weren't even more murders?
Most murderers aren't poisoners; a huge number of murders aren't thought-out and planned. But poison murders are always premeditated. The murderers are cold, uniquely cold people: They plan and they plot and think about how they'll get away with it.
We're lucky that there aren't more of them. Q: Throughout history, poison has been described as a woman's weapon. What do you make of that?
A: Poison is an equalizer. Especially during the golden age of poisoning, they were in cosmetics, food preparations, kitchen poisons. Women had phenomenal access to poisonous things.
And it's not a physically confrontational way to kill someone. But in reality, poisons really are fascinatingly wicked chemical compounds and many of them have fascinating histories as well.
They try everything from serving him poison alcohol to running over him with a car. And it stays in the body for centuries, which is why we keep digging up historic figures like Napoleon or U.
President Zachary Taylor to check their remains for poison. Radium--I love the fact that this rare radioactive element used to be considered good for your health. It was mixed into medicines, face creams, health drinks in the s. People thought of it like a tiny glowing sun that would give them its power.
Boy, were they wrong. The two scientists in my book, Charles Norris and Alexander Gettler, proved in that the bones of people exposed to radium became radioactive--and stayed that way for years.