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Pasties and Poison. Pharmacies and Pie-Shops

1948.

Buying a pasty in a pie-shop was as uncomplicated as choosing a small bottle of poison in a suburban pharmacy.

A pharmacy in Glenelg say, with a Hillman Minx parked outside, back window part-open and an all-night pie shop within walking distance.

The Somerton Man was found to have eaten a pasty the night he died and expert opinion submitted at the inquest suggested he was poisoned by a substance* that left no trace.

*’Such a substance (glycoside) would be quite easily procurable by the ordinary individual. I do not think even special circumstances would be required.’ Sir Cedric Stanton Hicks.

 

 

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