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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 »

Study: Alexander the Great Felled by Toxic Wine

Scientist theorizes Veratrum album did him in

(Newser) - One of the greatest mysteries surrounding Alexander the Great—namely, why he died at age 32—may finally have been solved, with a scientist who has been researching the question for a decade now theorizing that he was done in by wine made from an innocent-looking but poisonous plant, reports... More »

Another Report Backs Arafat's 'Natural' Death

He died of natural causes, not poison, says Russia

(Newser) - Russian scientists are siding with the French when it comes to how Yasser Arafat died. He wasn't poisoned, they say, despite what Swiss scientists found to "moderately support" that theory. "Yasser Arafat died not from the effects of radiation but of natural causes," the head of... More »

Brittany Murphy May Have Been Poisoned: Report

Toxicology testing finds high levels of heavy metals

(Newser) - Brittany Murphy's dad may have been right all along: Angelo Bertolotti always doubted the official coroner's report on his daughter's death, as well as the death of her husband, Simon Monjack, five months later. (Both were found to have died of natural causes including pneumonia.) Bertolotti... More »

Poet Pablo Neruda Wasn't Poisoned: Tests

But family says Chilean case isn't closed

(Newser) - The four-decade mystery of whether Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda was poisoned was seemingly cleared up today, when forensic test results showed no chemical agents in his bones. But his family and driver were not satisfied and said they'll request more tests. Neruda died under suspicious circumstances in... More »

Biologists Try to Save Rare Trout ... by Poisoning a River

Controversial plan designed to flush out other species from creek

(Newser) - California fisheries officials pumped an 11-mile stream full of poison yesterday, killing all the fish in it—in what, believe it or not, is a conservation plan. State officials are trying to preserve the Paiute cutthroat trout, the rarest trout in the world, the LA Times explains. It's native... More »

Neuroscientist Poisoned Wife With Cyanide: Police

Robert Ferrante told neurologist wife drink would help her conceive: cops

(Newser) - A University of Pittsburgh neuroscientist was arrested after he allegedly poisoned his wife using cyanide he had overnighted to his lab two days before she collapsed. According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Robert Ferrante pushed Autumn Klein, the head of women's neurology at the university's medical school,... More »

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