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March 14, 2013
Thallium Poisoning, Again
I agree with something Chemjobber said about this case - there's clearly a lot more to it than we know. Last fall, a student at the University of Southampton in the UK was poisoned with arsenic and thallium. According to this article in Chemistry World, it was more than the usual lethal dose, and both accidental exposure and suicide have been ruled out. The student himself is making a slow recovery; I wish him the best, and hope to eventually report good news.
So, not an accident, and not suicide. . .well, that doesn't leave much but intentional poisoning, does it? As this post details, though, thallium is the murder weapon of idiots who think that they're being high-tech. The Dunning-Kruger effect in action, in other words.
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