THE TYLENOL MURDERS, 1982

DEATH AT THE DRUGSTORE

Tylenol is one of the US’s leading over-the-counter remedies for pain and fever. However, in September 1982, after taking the harmless drug, people in Chicago started dropping down dead.

Mary Kellerman woke up one Wednesday morning in 1982 feeling a bit under the weather. Her parents did what many do when hearing sore-throat complaints: They gave her Extra-Strength Tylenol to ease the pain before it was time for her to head off to school in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Mary padded into the bathroom and closed the door. Her father heard a sudden, loud thump. Paramedics tried to save Mary, but nothing helped. The twelve-year-old girl was pronounced dead by 10 a.m.

Across town, ...

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