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Police: Woman, 70, Tested Homemade Ricin on Neighbors

Betty Miller told an FBI agent that she wanted to 'injure herself'

(Newser) - A Vermont retirement community resident made ricin and tested the deadly toxin on her neighbors by putting it on their food or in beverages over a period of weeks, investigators said. Betty Miller told an FBI agent that she wanted to "injure herself" and was testing the poison's... More »

Preliminary Test Done on Bottle War Criminal Drank From

Prosecutor confirms it contained a deadly substance

(Newser) - A deadly chemical was in the container from which a Croat war criminal drank shortly before dying , a Dutch prosecutor said Thursday, as an independent investigation into the dramatic death of Slobodan Praljak continued. "There was a preliminary test of the substance in the container and all I can... More »

Report: War Criminal Who Drank 'Poison' in Court Has Died

Lawyer for Bosnian Croat Slobodan Praljak says his client sucked down toxic liquid

(Newser) - Croatian state TV has reported that war criminal Slobodan Praljak, who stunned a UN war crimes tribunal Wednesday by drinking what he claimed was poison during proceedings, has died, per the AP . The BBC and Guardian had earlier reported that the 72-year-old Bosnian Croat—an ex-military commander convicted four years... More »

17 Dead After Woman Allegedly Poisons Husband's Milk

Police say she wanted to 'avenge' her forced marriage

(Newser) - A 21-year-old woman in Pakistan has been charged with murder after police say she poisoned her husband's milk and ended up inadvertently killing 17 people, the AP reports. According to the Independent , Asiya Bibi (also reported as Aasia Bibi) was forced to marry a 25-year-old man against her will... More »

Year After Mysterious Strychnine Death, an Identification

When a mystery man's body was found in UK, international investigation ensued

(Newser) - The man found lying on his back on a patch of grass on the outskirts of Manchester on Dec. 12, 2015, dead of strychnine poisoning, has finally been identified thanks to an international police investigation. Police believe that the man, identified as 67-year-old David Lytton, took his own life, reports... More »

Dozens Dead in Russia After Drinking Toxic Bath Oil

Death toll in Irkutsk region is nearly 60, with more of the injured expected to die

(Newser) - "They came to doctors too late. … Only a miracle can save them." Those were the words to the Siberian Times from the Irkutsk region's health minister regarding those sickened from ingesting a deadly bath oil, with dozens already dead from the mass poisoning—said to be... More »

FBI: Man Sprayed Mouse Poison at Whole Foods

And maybe at more than a dozen other stores, too

(Newser) - The mystery of the man who appeared to be contaminating food at a Michigan Whole Foods has apparently been solved. It was a tip from the public that the FBI says led to the arrest of the unidentified man, who has copped to pouring a mouse poison concoction on food... More »

First-Graders Busted in Plot to Poison Classmate

Cops say they planned to use silica gel packets

(Newser) - Authorities in Anchorage, Alaska, say they've uncovered a surprising murder plot—dreamed up by three first-graders. In a letter sent to parents on March 22, Principal Shanna Mall of Winterberry Charter School explains three students planned to use silica gel packets "to poison and kill another student,"... More »

Spelling Error Gets Woman Busted for Poisoning

It's 'dignity,' not 'dignerty'

(Newser) - Here's one reason you might want to pay attention to your spelling lessons, kids: They may come in handy one day should you ever want to ... poison your husband? Behold, the strange case of Jacqueline Patrick. The 55-year-old British woman tried to fatally poison her husband not once, but... More »

Cops: Mom Forced Son, 4, to Eat Ant Poison

Paw Eh charged with attempted capital murder

(Newser) - A horrible story out of Texas, where children say their mother told them on Saturday that she planned to kill them and herself, then attempted to carry out that plan, WFAA reports. Paw Eh, 31, allegedly called her 4-year-old son to the kitchen and tried to force him to eat... More »

Meet 'the Man Who Killed Halloween'

In 1974, Ronald O'Bryan poisoned his 8-year-old son with cyanide-laced candy

(Newser) - He became known among fellow inmates as the "Candyman," but in Houston, Ronald O'Bryan is recalled as "the man who killed Halloween." The Houston Chronicle revisits the story of the father of two, who on the rainy Halloween of 1974 left his horrifying mark on... More »

Cops: Bartender Threatened to Poison Boehner

Ohio suspect has history of psychiatric illness

(Newser) - A bartender in Ohio with a history of psychiatric problems told police that he planned to kill John Boehner, possibly by poisoning his drink or shooting him, reports WCPO in Cincinnati. Michael Hoyt, 44, who worked at a country club frequented by Boehner, was indicted on a charge of threatening... More »

Beer Poisoned With Croc Bile Kills 69: Officials

196 hospitalized after apparent funeral attack

(Newser) - At a funeral in Mozambique this weekend, people who drank a traditional beer in the morning were fine—but others who had it in the afternoon were victims of a tragedy. At least 69 people died and 196 were hospitalized after drinking the beer, which authorities say was likely poisoned... More »

In Strange Case, Hospital Sees 2nd Death From Cyanide

It's not yet clear exactly how Nicole Kotchey died

(Newser) - Dr. Autumn Klein died of cyanide poisoning in 2013; her husband , Dr. Robert Ferrante, was convicted of her murder last month. Cyanide poisoning is rare, killing just seven people in the US in 2012—which is why it's especially strange that five days after Ferrante's conviction, another doctor... More »

Did Brushing Up Against Plant Kill Gardener?

Family believes poisoning responsible for Nathan Greenaway's mysterious death

(Newser) - Nathan Greenaway collapsed at the English estate where he worked and was rushed to a hospital in September, where, for five days, doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with the 33-year-old. He died on Sept. 7 of multiple organ failure, and at a pre-inquest hearing this week, a... More »

Woman Fights for Life After Sipping Tea Laced With Lye

The restaurant says a worker mistook the cleaning solution for sugar

(Newser) - An employee at Dickey's Barbecue Pit in South Jordan, Utah, appears to have mistaken lye, an odorless chemical found in drain cleaners, for sugar, and made a batch of "sweet" tea with it. Jan Harding, a 67-year-old grandmother out to lunch with her husband and friends after church... More »

2 Boys Accused of Poisoning Teacher

Cops say they put rat poison in her water bottle; she's OK

(Newser) - Two young boys in Brooklyn face serious charges after police say they put rat poison in a teacher's water bottle, reports NBC 4 New York . The 62-year-old female teacher at PS 315 actually drank the tainted water and was treated for nausea and heightened blood pressure but is otherwise... More »

Liquid Nicotine: Just a Teaspoon Could Kill

Poisonings, and sales, are on the rise

(Newser) - It can be bought on the Internet in flavors like chocolate and bubble gum—and just a teaspoon could kill a child: The New York Times takes a look at liquid nicotine, the e-liquid used in e-cigarettes, which it describes as a "powerful neurotoxin ... far more dangerous than tobacco.... More »

Teen Sent Poisoned Card to Romantic Rival: Cops

Nicholas Helman arrested in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A man sent a birthday card laced with the deadly poison ricin to a romantic rival in hopes of winning back his ex-girlfriend, authorities say. Nicholas Helman, 19, was arrested at his home in Hatboro, outside Philadelphia, Wednesday on an attempted murder charge and other counts. Helman told a Target... More »

In San Fran, Streets Littered With ... Poisoned Meatballs?

Police think culprit may be targeting dogs, cats

(Newser) - Walking your dog in San Francisco? Don't let it eat any meatballs you may find on the street. Police in the city say they have found dozens of meatballs suspected to be poisonous in a Twin Peaks neighborhood where a similar incident happened last year. An officer says she... More »

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