Tuesday, June 26, 2007

"Only don't say I didn't warn you if [she] puts strychnine in the well"

In response to the comments on the previous post, I have decided to explore the possibility of poisoning Sr. Loco. The question remains, what poison should I use? Below is a list of poisons with their fatal effects followed by a poll. Please feel free to vote for the one you think would be most effective, and if you so desire leave your reasoning in the comments. "And remember, this is for posterity so be honest." ;)

Deadly Nightshade: In toxic or deadly doses, the symptoms of poisoning with deadly nightshade are, rapid pulse, thirst, dry mouth, difficulty in swallowing, restlessness and fatigue, headache, dry hot skin, iris almost obliterated, near vision very blurred, hallucinations, convulsions, and coma.

Wolfsbane: The symptoms of poisoning with wolfsbane include chest pain, extreme anxiety, irregular heart beat, loss of speech control, nausea, pinpoint pupils, throat hands and mouth numb, vomiting, death due to respiratory arrest.

Hemlock: Symptoms of poisoning with poison hemlock include nervousness trembling, incoordination, dilated pupils, weak heartbeat, cold extremities, coma and death caused by respiratory failure.

Arsenic: Death from acute arsenic poisoning is usually caused by irreversible circulatory insufficiency, but if the dose is not large enough to kill the patient a number of secondary effects can be seen 2-4 weeks after ingestion of the poison. These include hair loss, skin changes (as in chronic poisoning) and possible chronic renal failure.

Cyanide: The signs and symptoms vary with dose and rate of exposure. Anxiety, excitement, rapid breathing, faintness, flushing, headache, nausea, drowsiness and coma may be seen. In homicidal poisoning the dose and rate of exposure mean that many of these symptoms are not seen due to the rapid onset of coma and death which can be in as little as 30 seconds.

Strychnine: This leads to powerful and extremely painful convulsions, there being no impairment of cognitive or sensory function. Death occurs as a result of respiratory arrest, due to spasm and paralysis of the respiratory muscles.

Iocane powder: It is odorless, tasteless, dissolves instantly in liquid, and is among the more deadly poisons known to man.

1 comment:

yola said...

Don't chance it with hemlock, he may end up waking up from the coma anyway (ala Marian/Juliet style). ;)

You definitely want something that works quick otherwise you may have to go through with at least the first ballroom dancing lesson...good luck taming the beast!

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