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THE INHERITOR'S POWDER:  A TALE OF ARSENIC, MURDER, AND THE NEW FORENSIC SCIENCE., Hempel, Sandra.

Author Name    Hempel, Sandra.

Title   THE INHERITOR'S POWDER: A TALE OF ARSENIC, MURDER, AND THE NEW FORENSIC SCIENCE.

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Very Good

Jacket Condition   Very Good

Edition   First American Edition

Publisher   New York W.W. Norton 2013

ISBN Number    0393239713 / 9780393239713

Seller ID   29875

278 pp, 9 1/2" H. "In the first half of the nineteenth century, an epidemic swept Europe: arsenic poisoning. Available at any corner shop for a few pence, arsenic was so frequently used by potential beneficiaries of wills that it was nicknamed 'the inheritor's powder'. But it was difficult to prove that a victim had been poisoned, let alone to identify the contaminated food or drink since arsenic was tasteless. Then came a riveting case. (When, after three days of agony) wealthy George Bodle died, (he left) behind several heirs, including a son and grandson - both of whom were not on the best of terms with the family patriarch. The investigation brought together a colorful cast of characters: bickering relatives; a drunken, bumbling policeman; and James Marsh, an unknown but brilliant chemist who, assigned the Bodle case, attempted to create a test that could accurately pinpoint the presence of arsenic. In doing so, however, he would cause as many problems as he solved. Were innocent men and women now going to the gallows? And would George Bodle's killer be found? Incisive and wryly entertaining, science writer Sandra Hempel brings to life a gripping story of domestic infighting, wayward police behavior, a slice of Victorian history, stories of poisonings, and an unforgettable foray into the origins of forensic science." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, small bump at top of rear hinge. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at bottom of spine, very small bump at top of rear hinge.

Poisoning,  Great  Britain,  19th  Century,  Arsenic,  Toxicology,  Murder,  Forensic  Toxicology,  Trials,  London,  England,  Science,  Scientists,  Mary  Andrews,  Antimony,  Tests,  Testing,  Marsh  Test,  Reinsch  Test,  Arsenic  Act,  Arsine  Gas,  Mary-ann  Baxter,  Samuel  Baxter,  Inquests,  Ann  Bodle,  Catherine  Bodle,  George  Bodle,  John  Bodle,  Wills,  Francis  Bossey,  John  Butler,  Criminal  Investigations,  Charles  Carttar,  Post-Mortems,  Cholera,  Robert  Christison,  Thomas  Clarkson,  James  Colquohoun,  Cyanide,  Charles  Dickens,  Electromagnetism,  Elizabeth  Evans,  Joseph  Evans,  Michael  Faraday,  Forensic  Medicine,  Sir  Stephen  Gaselee,  John  Gordon  Smith,  William  Herapath,  Mary  Higgins,  Plumstead,  Marie  Lafarge,  Judith  Lear,  Lead,  James  Marsh,  Mary  Marsh,  Henry  Mason,  Metropolitan  Police,  James  Morris,  Newgate  Prison,  William  Nokes,  Old  Bailey,  Opium,  Matthieu  Orfila,  Henry  Perks,  Poisons,  Royal  Laboratory,  Royal  Military  Academy,  Scheele's  Green,  Betsy  Smith,  Alfred  Swaine  Taylor,  Sophia  Taylor,  George  Wassell,  Dr  Samuel  Watson,  Woolwich  Arsenal,  Social  History,  Victorian  Era,  Justice  System. 

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