Poison PresentationsWheeler Period 2Julia Lynn Womack Turner    • 2 murders    • 1995 – husband    • displayed flu-like sy...
Velma Barfield   • born in SC   • father was abusive   • got married to Thomas Burke   • she went out, when she came home ...
o said he was buying poison for his science class   •   he used antimony and digitalis   •   stepmother died   •   the aun...
•   He said that she went back home and died and was cremated   •   It was sketchy   •   He buried her torso under the flo...
Ronald Clark O’Bryan  • “The Candy Man”  • operated in Houston  • killed his 8 year old son  • cyanide laced pixie sticks ...
George Washington  • vegetables  • personal chef “attempted murder” by giving him either peas or a tomato  • potatoes, pea...
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  1. 1. Poison PresentationsWheeler Period 2Julia Lynn Womack Turner • 2 murders • 1995 – husband • displayed flu-like symptoms • doctors thought it was a heart attack • 2001 – boyfriend • collected life insurance • life in prison o died in prison o overdosed on blood pressure medication • antifreeze poisoningNannie Doss • Poisoned 9 people • Raised in a strict family o Fear of molestation o Pulled out of school o Was molested • Got married at sixteen • They had four children • She killed two of the children • Her husband left her • They had a divorce • She remarried • Her oldest daughter came for a visit o Her granddaughter was murdered o She collected the life insurance • Husband was poisoned • She married a third time o He was a cheater o She killed him • Two of her sisters and her mother also died mysteriously • 4th husband o he died • fifth husband o he was kind to her o he tried to tear away her romance novels o she didn’t like that o she killed him as well • she killed them all with arsenic poisoning • she was discovered and jailed
  2. 2. Velma Barfield • born in SC • father was abusive • got married to Thomas Burke • she went out, when she came home her house was burned down • she was into drugs • she found another man o she was a widow twice • 1974 her mother died mysteriously • arsenic poisoning was the culprit • she went on to work at a home for the elderly o she killed 5 people with arsenic poisoning • the police linked the murders together • she was convicted of six murders • she was on death row and become first woman killed on death row (lethal injection) • her stay on death row became Christian • lawyers tried to repeal her death sentence • her last meal was cheese doodles and cokeTylenol Murders • 1982 • 7 people • Tylenol that was poisoned • Seven people were murdered in Chicago • It was the extreme strength Tylenol • 12 year old died • couple other people • police went looking • there was a widespread quarantine on Tylenol, no one took it anymore • nobody was suspected o there was a letter a week before saying “stop using potassium chloride in your Tylenol” o there is controversy as to whether Johnson and Johnson knew • the bottles were contaminated with potassium chloride • this event caused anti-tampering laws to be reformed for over-the-counter drugsGraham Frederick Young~The Teacup Poisoner~ • obsessed with poison o tested it on his family o laced food
  3. 3. o said he was buying poison for his science class • he used antimony and digitalis • stepmother died • the aunt suspected that it was him • he went to a psychiatrist and the psychiatrist sent him to the police • 1962 confessed trying to poison others • he was declared a mentally unstable criminal • he studied medicine • experimented on inmates and staff • he worked at a laboratory • his foreman died • weeks later he laced the tea in the company and they all got sick • there was a total of 70 people in the company that ingested it • Fred Biggs was another person he poisoned • He tells fellow workers that he loves poison and his past is discovered • He gets arrested for poisoning the workers with Valium • There was poison in his flat • There was a diary recording his exploits • He pleaded not guilty • He was sentenced to life in prison and died in jailSocrates • Ancient Greece • Pelopenesian war • Socrates was critical of the war • He was convicted of corrupting the youth and inventing new gods • He was given hemlock to kill him o Attacks the lungs o Prevents oxygen absorptionMaryAnne Robson • Killed 4 husbands, 14 children, and 2 lovers • All had intestinal pain and all were pressured to get life insurance • The last child she killed was her late husband’s child • She said to a friend that the child “wouldn’t be around much longer” • Life insurance was collected on the child • 21 people were killed • in 1873 she was hanged • she used arsenicHawley Harvey Crippen • Dr. Crippen had a wife Cara • He cheated on her with Le Neve • One day Cara disappeared
  4. 4. • He said that she went back home and died and was cremated • It was sketchy • He buried her torso under the floorboards • He and Le Neve fled • The police became suspicious o They searched the house four times o The fourth time they searched, they found the torso • He was the first criminal caught by wireless technology • Le Neve was disguised as a boy • There was a telegram sent about him on the boat • They caught him as they were docking • They hung him in London • They found traces of scopolamine in Cara • He was also using hyacine as a depressant and anti-aphrodisiacNapoleon • Emperor of France • Napoleonic Wawrs • He fell out of favor, exiled to St. Helen • Lived on an estate • Several people wanted to kill him • He “fell ill” in 1821  died • Autopsy revealed stomach cancer • After he died his subjects kept his hair • In 1960s a scientist bought some of the hair • There were small traces of arsenic • He was slowly poisoned with arsenicBhopal Disaster • Worst industrial disaster ever recorded • 1984 • Union Carbide Pesticide in India • Leaked gas from plant and the gas moved to city • 900,000 people inhaled the gas • everyone tried to flee o very poor area o could not escape • in a couple days 50,000 people were treated for poisoning o blindness o liver failure o kidney failure • 15,000-20,000 died • lawsuits are still going on
  5. 5. Ronald Clark O’Bryan • “The Candy Man” • operated in Houston • killed his 8 year old son • cyanide laced pixie sticks • collected life insurance money • he was executed • college students cheered at his execution“The Iceman”Richard Kuklinski • contract killer for crime families • in 1949 when he was fourteen years old he started o he was bullied in school o found their leader and killed them o killed 6 boys in the gang • He became a pool shark • The Gambino crime family enlisted him • He killed about 250 people with knives, guns, poison, beatings • Used cyanide • Crushed his victims’ bodies in a car compactor • He was called “The Iceman” because he froze the people after he killed them • One day he left a frozen body with ice of chunks in the heart and the police found him • He was convicted of five murders • He died in prisonCharles Cullen • Male nurse • Most prolific serial killer • Killed 40 patients • 400 people total • overdoses of drugs o for example gave AIDS patient too much ilsulin • gave them too much of a drug o epinephrine o dogoxin • after killing, he’d go to another hospital • eventually arrested to one murder • confessed to 16 years of killing people • life in prison without parole • tried to commit suicide
  6. 6. George Washington • vegetables • personal chef “attempted murder” by giving him either peas or a tomato • potatoes, peas, and tomatoes are related to nightshade and were thought to be poisonous • vegetables didn’t taste good so they were assumed to be poisonous • the chef was English • chef confessed to trying to kill Washington and killed himself after the attemptGenene “Ja-nay-nay” Jones • used succinylcholine • former pediatric nurse • killed 11-50 infants • injected them with above drug • wanted to revive them for glory • instead ended up killing them • hospitals were suspicious o records were destroyed • caught at a pediatric clinic • storage room of drugs • poisoned six children • got 99 years in prison for killing an infant • 60 more years for another kid • will serve 1/3rd of her sentence • will be released in 2017Heaven’s Gate • Applewhite created New Age religion called Heaven’s Gate • They had to commit suicide to join their alien brethren o They believed they had to separate their souls from their bodies o They believed they were aliens stuck in human bodies • 41 people committed suicide • 39 of them took barbiturates and vodka • all dressed the same, all put bags over their head • all died in a mansion

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