Untraceable drugs and poisons that cause death in humans? Is it possible? What do you think? Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about this topic. When it comes untraceable drugs and poisons I usually think of deep, dark secrets, like in a thriller or a book by Agatha Christie. I loved reading her books!
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked two untraceable drugs and poisons that cause death in humans.
The first one is Cyanide. Despite its other uses, cyanide is mostly known as a weapon. It was used notably in the World War II by Germans as a part of chemical warfare. You might be familiar with it from numerous books including Sparkling Cyanide from Agatha Christie. Common symptoms of cyanide poisoning are headaches, nausea, general weakness, vomiting and seizures followed by cardiac arrest. Large doses of cyanide cause death almost immediately due to respiratory and heart failures. In the past, cyanide was a preferred weapon of murderers because it was really hard to detect it. Unless there were traces of it on the crime scene, examiners had a small window measured in hours to find traces in the body. Now, there are markers developed by scientists that can detect cyanide in the body weeks later. The second one is Arsenic. Just like the previous entry on our list of untraceable drugs and poisons that cause death in humans, arsenic has seen its fair share as a murder weapon in fiction and in movies. Arsenic is primarily used in alloys, medicine, and agriculture and in small doses doesn’t harm the health. However, the cases of accidental poisonings with arsenic are not unfamiliar and long term exposure leads to severe health issues including cancer. Symptoms of arsenic poisoning are nausea, stomach pain, and vomiting blood. As an intentional poison, arsenic was extensively used in the past, mostly due to its availability. It could be slipped in the drink or food, and the victim wouldn’t know the difference. Applied regularly in small doses, arsenic poisoning was easily mistaken for an illness, and the victim would suffer for days. In large doses, death occurred in hours.
For any further interesting fact, read Insider Monkey’s article about 7 untraceable drugs and poisons that cause death in humans.