The inheritor's powder : a tale of arsenic, murder, and the new forensic science / Sandra Hempel
Books/Textual Material | W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. | 2013 | First American edition.
Available at Gumberg 3rd Floor (HV6555.G7 H46 2013)
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 
viii, 278 pages ; 25 cm
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
The fell spirit of the Borgias -- The big square house in the village -- A great chain and dependency of things -- Death by toad or insect -- That good and pious man -- There's not much in dying -- A great degree of inquietude -- Corroborative proof as to the deleterious article -- Those low incompetent persons -- A very active constable -- The introduction of irritating matter -- I never saw two things in nature more alike -- She would not risk her soul into danger -- Oh my poor mother -- From the very brink of eternity -- The sequel of these proceedings -- What if the chymist should be mistaken? -- The freezing influence of official neglect -- I went with a lie in my mouth.
An epidemic swept Europe: arsenic poisoning, nicknamed "the inheritor's powder." It was difficult to prove that a victim had been poisoned, let alone to identify the contaminated food or drink since arsenic was tasteless. On the morning of November 2, 1833, the Bodle household sat down to their morning breakfast. That evening the family and their servants had collapsed and were seriously ill; wealthy George Bodle died. Hempel brings to life a gripping story of domestic infighting, wayward police behavior, a slice of Victorian history, stories of poisonings, and an unforgettable foray into the origins of forensic science.
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