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In keeping with my theme lately of bad girls of history, here’s an excellent blog post (by a writer named Mike Dash) on a female serial poisoner from 17th century Rome who specialized in helping women escape their loveless marriages.  Dash does an excellent job getting beyond the rumors to the strange truth behind Giulia Tofana, one of the most notorious poisoners in history.  So famous was her mysterious “Acqua Tofana” (the name of her poison), that Mozart himself believed his early death was due to imbibing some.  Enjoy the re-blogged read below!

 

It was the deadliest poison known to 17th century Europe: odourless, colourless, tasteless, lethal. As little as four drops was enough to kill the strongest man – and to do so in a way that no doct…

Source: Aqua Tofana: slow-poisoning and husband-killing in 17th century Italy

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