There’s More Than One Way to Kill a Fish
Featured Poison

There’s More Than One Way to Kill a Fish

I’ve heard of indigenous peoples of the Amazon using plant-based poisons to kill, or catch, fish. But to be honest, I never really gave it much thought until a recent article on National Geographic about incorporating these traditional methods to help with a scientific survey investigating fish diversity on the Manu River. The Machiguenga people use the … Continue reading

Gelsemium and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Self-Poisoner
Featured Poison

Gelsemium and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Self-Poisoner

Before there was Sherlock Holmes and his trademark deerstalker cap, there was an English physician, Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle. And before that there was just plain old Arthur Conan Doyle, a student at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, and where we will begin. On September 20th, 1879 the British Medical Journal published a letter entitled “Gelseminum as … Continue reading

Homicidal Poisonings: Not Common, but Watch Out for the Chocolate Cremes
Poisonous History / Quick Commentary

Homicidal Poisonings: Not Common, but Watch Out for the Chocolate Cremes

Homicidal poisonings are not nearly as common as people think or prime-time TV dramas would have you believe. The fact is, successfully poisoning someone takes work. One must first acquire the means to carry it out, which entails researching the poison and procuring it. Then a plan must be constructed so that the death appears … Continue reading

The JFK Assassination: A Book Depository, a Sniper . . . and a Poison Arrow?
Conspiracy Theory / Poisonous History

The JFK Assassination: A Book Depository, a Sniper . . . and a Poison Arrow?

Conspiracy theories abound in today’s society. They captivate people’s imaginations in all forms of art, whether it be books, movies or music. We voraciously read Tom Clancy novels and immerse ourselves in the spy world of Jack Ryan, we watch the Jason Bourne trilogy (also a superb set of novels, by Robert Ludlum), and pour through Tupac … Continue reading