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American Experience; Poisoner's Handbook, The

11/08/2013

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Series
American Experience
Program
Poisoner's Handbook, The
Program Number

2601

Series Description

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

Program Description

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.

Duration

01:56:10

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
History
Citation
Chicago: “American Experience; Poisoner's Handbook, The,” 11/08/2013, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 6, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E34FC1F34BCF468898775BDE4FA499FE.
MLA: “American Experience; Poisoner's Handbook, The.” 11/08/2013. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 6, 2016. <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
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