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The Poisoner's Handbook (American Experience)

The Poisoner's Handbook (American Experience)

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In the early 20th century the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest. There was radioactive radium in health tonics thallium in depilatory creams*and morphine in teething medicine and potassium cyanide in cleaning supplies. While the tools of the murderer's trade multiplied as the pace of industrial innovation increased*the scientific knowledge (and the political will) to detect and prevent the crimes lagged behind. All this changed in 1918 when New York City hired it's first scientifically trained medical examiner Charles Norris. Over the course of a decade and a half Norris and his extraordinarily driven and talented chief toxicologist Alexander Gettler would turn forensic chemistry into a formidable science sending many a murderer to the electric chair and setting the standards that the rest of the country would ultimately adopt.

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    Title: The Poisoner's Handbook (American Experience)
    Genre: Special Interest-Documentary
    Starring: Oliver Platt
    Director: Rob Rapley
    Release Date: 2/4/2014
    Original Year: 2014
    Product Type: DVD
    Catalog #: 601
    UPC: 841887020404
    Item #: 891689X

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 2/4/2014
    Closed Caption: Yes
    Run Time: 60 minutes
    Studio: PBS (Direct)

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