Sick Sweets

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“Halloween is supposed to be a night where you can dress up and eat candy until you’re sick. We have always been told the horrors that could surround this coma inducing sugar filled night, but where did these terrifying stories come from? It’s not a shock that they stem from real life incidents. From the mysterious missing people, to the deadly disguises people wear. This month we are talking about the real life Halloween scary stories, and it’s time to feed your true crime cravings, with a dose of sick sweets.”

When I was a kid every year my parents would warn me about the poisoned candies. I was instructed to inspect all of my candy before I opened it, and if I opened it and there was any discoloration I was to throw it away immediately. I was also warned that people would drug the candy bags you purchase from the store, so you can understand my paranoia as I grew up about having poisonous candy. Then when I head about the case of the poisoned pixie stick and how the poisonings do not happens nearly as much as we think they did, I was baffled.

I always thought it was super common, and that at least one kid died every year from being poisoned, and when I decided to do this case I honestly thought it wouldn’t be that hard to find some cases. I knew they were not as commons as I originally thought they were, but I didn’t think it would be near impossible to find the cases where ti has happed. I hope you enjoyed listening to this as much as I enjoyed making it! Remember to keep the comments positive, we are here to spread awareness, not hate! Thanks!

-LouLou


Sources:

Helen Pfeil:
https://www.medfriendly.com/halloween-poisonings.html

https://nypost.com/2011/10/30/li-woman-remembers-halloween-she-got-poison-with-candy/

https://www.nytimes.com/1964/11/02/archives/li-children-get-poison-treat-accused-housewife-committed.html

https://gothamist.com/food/halloween-legend-long-island-lady-who-gave-trick-or-treater-arsenic

Ronald O’Bryan:
https://www.medfriendly.com/halloween-poisonings.html

https://www.vice.com/en/article/8ge87v/halloween-killer-ronald-clark-o-bryan-candy-man

https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/chemical_terrorism/cyanide_general.htm

https://jclass.umd.edu/archive/newshoax/casestudies/crime/CrimeHalTim7.html

William V. Shyne:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-human-equation/201510/the-men-who-murdered-halloween%3famp

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002586.htm


research things to give you the most accurately covered cases possible, but I do make some mistakes and I do apologize for it. Nothing in this podcast should be taken as 100% facts and if you wish to know more about the case, I highly recommend doing your own research.

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