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The Sordid (But Fascinating!) History of Poison

By Abbey Clarke Sep 19, 2013

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Toffana, 1600s A.D

Toffana was a notorious female poisoner who sold her poisons in vials, purporting that it helped a woman’s complexion. As the active ingredient was arsenic, it may have worked for that as well, but it could be used it for a more deadly purpose. Toffana is estimated to have assisted in the murders of over 600 people, who often were husbands.

Tags: history, cool things, creepy things, poison, greek myth

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Abbey Clarke

Abbey Clarke is a writer and editorial assistant living in Jersey City. She's a player on a D&D podcast called Knife Errant, wrote her senior thesis on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is working on a novel about a semi-reformed demon who runs a library. You can follow her on Twitter at @abbeybookaholic.

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