A unique book on recognition and investigation

of criminal poisoning for investigators

of all backgrounds and stages of their careers.

Poisons: An Introduction for Forensic Investigators is a concise yet comprehensive overview of toxicants and unanticipated circumstances in which poisoning occurs. This book expands awareness of poisoning possibilities, heightens recognition of the toxic potential of many substances, and provides information to aid in focusing investigations.

Poisons discusses life-threatening toxic substances and agents that modify behavior to achieve criminal goals. These include drugs that facilitate sexual assaults and robberies, and those found in medical child abuse and drug-product tampering.

More than 230 case studies illustrate both unintentional and intentional poisoning and highlight situations where poisoning may not immediately be apparent. Information is included in pertinent criminal poisoning cases to illustrate the temperament of poisoners, their relationship to victims, their basis for poison selection, and their method of administration.

Since Poisons is written by a single author, the discussions, format, educational level, and terminology remain consistent to aid crime scene investigators, homicide detectives, forensic scientists, death investigators, toxicologists, medical examiners, attorneys, and students. The book's more than 650 references are an asset to frame knowledge as well as a resource to return to again and again.

part I|64 pages


chapter 1|13 pages

Poison and Poisoning

chapter 2|8 pages

Poison Exposure

chapter 3|11 pages

Poison Absorption

chapter 4|8 pages

Poison Biodisposition

chapter 5|10 pages

Poison Detection

chapter 6|10 pages

Poisoning Treatment

part II|155 pages

Potential Poisons

chapter 7|8 pages


chapter 8|8 pages

Carbon Monoxide

chapter 9|6 pages


chapter 10|8 pages

Ethylene Glycol

chapter 11|7 pages


chapter 12|5 pages


chapter 13|7 pages


chapter 14|6 pages


chapter 15|5 pages


chapter 16|11 pages


chapter 17|11 pages


chapter 18|8 pages


chapter 19|5 pages


chapter 20|9 pages


chapter 21|13 pages

Emerging Recreational Psychotropics

chapter 22|8 pages

Food Poisoning

chapter 23|12 pages

Plants and Mushrooms

chapter 24|7 pages


part III|143 pages


chapter 25|10 pages

Accidental Poisoning

chapter 26|14 pages

Suicidal Poisoning

chapter 27|13 pages

Homicidal Poisoning

chapter 28|10 pages

Poisonous Women

chapter 29|10 pages

Health Care Serial Poisoners

chapter 30|10 pages

Hospitalized Patients Poisoned by Visitors

chapter 31|6 pages

Medical Child Abuse and Homicide

chapter 32|16 pages

Drug Abuse Fatalities

chapter 33|8 pages

Celebrity Drug Deaths

chapter 34|8 pages

Drug-Facilitated Crimes

chapter 35|8 pages

Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault

chapter 36|8 pages

Drug Product Tampering

chapter 37|6 pages


chapter 38|13 pages

Multiple Victim Poisonings