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The Poisoner's Handbook (Season 26, Episode 6)
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TV Episode | 113 min | Documentary, Biography, History

From PBS and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest, with radioactive radium, thallium, and morphine in everyday products. The pace of industrial ...See moreFrom PBS and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest, with radioactive radium, thallium, and morphine in everyday products. The pace of industrial innovation increased, but the scientific knowledge to detect and prevent crimes committed with these materials lagged behind until 1918. New York City's first scientifically trained medical examiner, Charles Norris, and his chief toxicologist, Alexander Gettler, turned forensic chemistry into a formidable science and set the standards for the rest of the country. Written by Anonymous See less
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Michelle Ferrari (story by) | Rob Rapley (telescript by) | Deborah Blum (based on the book by)
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Jan 7, 2014 (United States)

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Iva Baumanova
Anna Fredericksen Anna Fredericksen   See fewer
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Chris Bowers
Alexander Gettler Alexander Gettler   See fewer
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Daniel Brown
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Jiri Cap
Fremont Jackson Fremont Jackson   See fewer
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Brian Caspe
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Filip Dyda
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Alena Guigarova
Annie Jackson Annie Jackson   See fewer
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Dominika Hasková
Amelia Maggia Amelia Maggia   See fewer
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Ryan James
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Pavel Koutecký
Francesco Travia Francesco Travia   See fewer
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Lucie Kozinová
Alice Merritt Alice Merritt   See fewer
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Iveta Elisabeth Lit
Katherine Schaub Katherine Schaub   See fewer
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Howard Lotker
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Curtis Matthew
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Ondrej Paces
Harry Schwartz Harry Schwartz   See fewer
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Oliver Platt
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Ronald Prokes
Charles Avery Charles Avery   See fewer
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Don Sparks
Charles Norris Charles Norris   See fewer
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Katerina Vecker
Fanny Creighton Fanny Creighton   See fewer
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Randall Scott Williams
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8.4 / 10 | 337 votes