Bellevue Black Bottle

by The Lingernots

Deborah Blum’s The Poisoner’s Handbook is a book I picked up the other day and haven’t been able to put down. Its the story of the birth of forensic medicine in the early 1920’s in a NYC so crooked it makes oakland look like Pleasant Town. Every chapter focuses on a specific poison, a formula that chops the book up in a seamless collection of short stories set on the stage of the chemist’s war on prohibition, each with its fair share of corrupt politician, drunk coroner and cheering criminals.

Charles Norris, was basically the pioneer of modern forensics toxicology

You can check The Poisoner’s Handbook Right here!

Collage by Dan Schmal,