American Experience; Poisoner's Handbook, The
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- American Experience
- Poisoner's Handbook, The
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988
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2 hour presentation
In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner’s treasure chest: radioactive radium in health tonics, thallium in depilatory creams, morphine in teething medicine and potassium cyanide in cleaning supplies. While the tools of the murderer’s trade multiplied as the pace of industrial innovation increased, the scientific knowledge (and political will) to detect and prevent the crimes lagged. This changed in 1918, when New York City hired its first scientifically trained medical examiner, Charles Norris. Over a decade and a half, Norris and his chief toxicologist, Alexander Gettler, turned forensic chemistry into a formidable science, sending many a murderer to the electric chair and setting the standards that the rest of the country would ultimately adopt. Based on the best-selling book by Deborah Blum.
An Apograph Productions Inc. Film for American Experience.
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- Chicago: “American Experience; Poisoner's Handbook, The,” 11/08/2013, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed July 18, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E34FC1F34BCF468898775BDE4FA499FE.
- MLA: “American Experience; Poisoner's Handbook, The.” 11/08/2013. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. July 18, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E34FC1F34BCF468898775BDE4FA499FE>.
- APA: American Experience; Poisoner's Handbook, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E34FC1F34BCF468898775BDE4FA499FE