Horror legends involving poisonings.

It's bad enough to end up dead because we did something stupid; how much more horrible it is to contemplate losing our lives to something unforseeable and unpreventable. There's little defense against an accidental poisoning, a fact we're all too aware of. Moreover, there's even less against a deliberate random poisoning, a fact the 1982 Tylenol murders drove home all too well when seven people died after ingesting a couple of headache tablets.

We want to believe we're masters of our fate, but tales of accidental or deliberate poisoning give lie to that notion. We're vulnerable, and that vulnerability frightens us.

Green bullet Golfer is poisoned by chewing on his tee.

White bullet Woman dies after wearing a gown once used to dress a corpse.

Red bullet Poinsettia plants are poisonous to humans.*

Red bullet Police have documented cases of madmen randomly distributing poisoned goodies to the little tykes who come calling on Halloween.

Green bullet Murderers have tried to pass off their crimes as copycat Tylenol poisonings.

Red bullet Glue on ATM deposit envelopes is being laced with cyanide.

Red bullet Powdered glass is a deadly poison.

Red bullet Calvin Coolidge's son was killed by poisonous dye in his black socks.

Red bullet A child died from drinking the contents of a prize-bearing Coca-Cola Magi-Can.

White bullet Boy Scout troop dies after using oleander branches to roast hot dogs.

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