Strychnine: An Agonizing Death For Your Fictional Character:
Letter- S of the A to Z Blogging Challenge
Kill her with the slower acting poison, strychnine.
You must really want your character to suffer...and suffer she will. Picture your character buckling to the floor and corkscrewing in agony while in the final throes of strychnine poisoning. While a popular choice for film and literature, it is not so popular in real life homicides. One reason it may not be the most attractive real life choice for a killing is the bitter taste.
Strychnine is a colorless, crystalline powder with an extremely bitter taste. In literature, characters most often, swallow the deadly poison, but your victim can be poisoned by skin or eye contact. It can also be inhaled as a dust.
Strychnine attacks the central nervous system within ten to twenty minutes (sometimes longer if taken on a full stomach) and the symptoms are similar to tetanus or lockjaw. Symptoms start with the victim's face and neck becoming stiff, followed by uncontrollable and violent spasms in the arms and legs. The spasms become increasingly worse until the victim is almost continuously in an arched-back position. Think of a gymnast with both her hands and feet on the floor and her back in a high arch. The victim dies from asphyxiation.
Strychnine poisoning is usually fatal, unless the victim receives immediate medical care, before the convulsions and seizures begin.
Strychnine is listed at the highest level of toxicity and is currently used primarily as a rodent poison.
Listed as one of the top ten deadliest poisons in the world.
Agatha Christie once said, "Give me a decent bottle of poison and I'll construct the perfect crime." Read more about Christie's murders by poisons over on A Blog For English Lovers.
I'm sure many of you know this, but the story of Agatha Christie's beginning, goes something like this: Supposedly, during World War 1, a young woman challenged her sister to write a mystery in which the the villain commits an undetectable murder. The writer's response to that challenge was a brilliant and cleverly written piece of fiction that spins the tale of strychnine and murder. That story launched the career of one of the most famous mystery writers of all time. Agatha Christie's novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published in 1920 and Christie went on to write more than sixty more, successful mystery novels.
There is altogether too much strychnine about this case - The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie, 1920.
Wow, we're nearing the end of the month. I can't believe it. I know I've slacked off lately, on visiting other blogs, especially new blogs (blogs new to me). Let's all make a big final push this week and visit as many other blogs as possible, in the A to Z blogging challenge.