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Friday, September 30, 2005

This Day in History - Cylenol

From HistoryChannel.com:
1982 Cyanide-laced Tylenol kills six

Flight attendant Paula Prince, the final victim of a mysterious ailment in Chicago, Illinois, dies. Over the previous 24 hours, five other people had suddenly died of unknown causes in northwest Chicago. After Prince's death, Richard Keyworth and Philip Capittelli, firefighters in the Windy City, realized that all seven victims had ingested Extra-Strength Tylenol prior to becoming ill. Further investigation revealed that several bottles of the Tylenol capsules had been poisoned with cyanide.

I remember this shit going on. That's why it now takes a chain saw and a vise to open a pill bottle.



2 comments:

Peggasus said...

Yes, I remeber it well too. People around here were pretty freaked at the time. They have yet to find the person who did it.

We were in the clear because I never buy the name brands of those things, always the generics.

Pooke said...

Yep. And Tylenol® having it's corporate voodo-dooers handled it brilliantly and ended up being the first in the industry to start with those adult-proof caps that the kids can open with a Ouiji board. It was a master stroke.

-The always unapologenic capitalist, Pooke.