The Crossroads of the Aether
Welcome to Just a Bit of Arsenic; a nod to the Victorian way to primp your face and off your mates! Let's talk about Murder with Victorian fervor, spiced with an arsenic trace.
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Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, "Dear friend, what can I do to prove that warm affection I've always felt for you? I have within my pantry, good store of all that's nice; I'm sure you're very welcome-will you please take a slice?"
"Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "kind sir, that cannot be, I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!"~Mary Howitt
Iocane powder. It is tasteless, odorless, dissolves instantly in liquid, and is among the more deadly poisons known to man.
~The Princess Bride
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVp34XV7t-U Keeps things light in the dark!
Overheard late night in library; Widow Kate shares a whiskey with Doc Holliday:
Does the road wind up-hill all the way?Yes, to the very end. Will the day's journey take the whole long day? From morn to night, my friend.
But is there for the night a resting-place? A roof for when the slow dark hours begin. May not the darkness hide it from my face? You cannot miss that inn.
Someone mentioned having an old cemetery in their neighborhood, and it got me thinking, how many of us have interesting "sleeping grounds" in our towns? My hometown has Mount Hope Cemetery, a 200 acre Victorian cemetery established in the 1830s…Continue
' Horror ran through the land . Men spoke of it with bated breath , and pale-lipped women shuddered as they read the dreadful details ' Autumn 1888 , horror stalks the East End of London . In ten weeks five women are…Continue
On a stifling hot August 4th, 1892, the patriarch of the prominent Borden family and his second wife were discovered brutally murdered via axe-blows to their heads, in broad daylight, only a few hours apart. As the shocking case unraveled, it became…Continue
In March or April 1890 Oscar Wilde submitted to ' Lippincott's Monthly ' a draft of ' The Picture of Dorian Gray ' .This typescript represented Wilde's intentions but was heavily censored by the editior of Lippincott's , Joseph Marshall Stoddart…Continue
http://www.laphamsquarterly.org/essays/death-in-the-pot.php?page=all Exciting experiments with food additives, and a general history of poisoning accidental and…Continue
Madeleine Smith, born to a comfortably well off family in Scotland, her father a successful architect, had fallen in love. Pierre I'Angelier was a poverty stricken man, and stricken by his love for the very pretty Madeleine. The affair was…Continue