ET on this day in 1824

Another Executed Today entry: one John Smith, who mixed arsenic into flour and gave it to his pregnant fiancee. Apparently he didn’t give any thought to the idea that she might wind up poisoning others with that flour, or perhaps he didn’t care. Six people in all got sick, but only Smith’s fiancee died.

(BTW, if y’all are wondering about the whole “sheep washing” thing, farmers often used arsenic-based sheep dip to kill any mites or other parasites infesting the fleeces.)

2 thoughts on “ET on this day in 1824

  1. Kat March 14, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Sheep dip. And I don’t think that amount would have been sufficient for any amount of sheep, though I could be wrong. I don’t think so though. Any sizeable flock would have needed much more than that to carry out the earlier recipes. He’d would have been better off claiming to be killing vermin or such.

    • Meaghan March 14, 2017 / 11:01 pm

      The UK government, in order to stop people from using arsenic to poison other people, actually prohibited the sale of arsenic in amounts less than one pound, unless it also contained a coloring agent such as soot. And he could hardly expect to hide sooty arsenic in the flour.

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