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The Sordid (But Fascinating!) History of Poison

By Abbey Clarke Sep 19, 2013

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Victorian Period

In Victorian times, poisoning was referred to as a “fashionable” crime. The most popular poison was arsenic, as one could claim it was being used for rat poison or to improve one’s complexion. All one had to do to legally buy arsenic was to sign a “poison book”—found in every chemist shop—stating what you had bought.

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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