6 ‘Undetectable’ Poisons (and How to Detect Them)

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Poisoning has always been a popular method of getting rid of one’s enemies, but is there actually a “perfect” poison capable of being completely undetectable? Here are 6 of the poisons that have confounded doctors throughout history!

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sodium_Cyanide.jpg
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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Thallium_pieces_in_ampoule.jpg
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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ethylene-glycol-3D-balls.png
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