You might want to put down that delightful cup of chamomile tea you were about to enjoy, because on this installment, Tom and Jenny are discussing five horrifying cases of serial killers who used poison as their weapon of choice. First up, we’ll delve into the tale of Graham Young, otherwise known as the Teacup Poisoner, who “experimented” on family members with antimony and thallium when he was only fourteen years old; then we’ll talk about the mysterious Paraquat Murders of 1980s Japan, in which an unknown assailant adulterated vending machine sodas with weed killer; then we’ll go into the case of the infamous Nannie Doss, who killed a staggering amount of husbands and family members with arsenic; after that, we get into a discussion of William Palmer, a.k.a. The Rugeley Poisoner, one of the most notorious poisoners of the 19th century who used strychnine as his method of murder; and finally, we’ll summarize the tale of Mary Ann Cotton, another Black Widow style killer who likely murdered over twenty people, including several husbands and a bunch of her own (and other people’s) children. Have an ipecac at the ready; it’s about to get poisonous on episode 164.
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