Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Today's Show: The Poisoners Handbook

4:30pm EST - In the early 20th century, murder-by-poison seemed to be the popular path to the perfect crime in Jazz Age New York... until Dr. Charles Norris was appointed to chief medical examiner in 1918. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, they changed the justice systems way of detecting murders by using scientific theory and establishing the foundation for forensic science. Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoners Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, joins us this afternoon to examine the beginnings of forensic science and how Norris and Gettler were able to change detective work forever.

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