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.
Golfer is poisoned by chewing on his tee.
Woman dies after wearing a gown once used to dress a corpse.
Poinsettia plants are poisonous to humans.*
Police have documented cases of madmen randomly distributing poisoned goodies to the little tykes who come calling on Halloween.
Murderers have tried to pass off their crimes as copycat Tylenol poisonings.
Glue on ATM deposit envelopes is being laced with cyanide.
Powdered glass is a deadly poison.
Calvin Coolidge's son was killed by poisonous dye in his black socks.
A child died from drinking the contents of a prize-bearing Coca-Cola Magi-Can.
Boy Scout troop dies after using oleander branches to roast hot dogs.