Puskhkar Poisoned with Polonium? Probably Not.

Puskhkar Poisoned with Polonium? Probably Not.

The frustrating thing about a lot of the poisoning and toxicology stories that come out of India or Africa or Pakistan is the lack of detail. Apparently, a very accomplished Indian businesswoman named Sunanda Pushkar discovered a suspicious tweet from her husband to another woman. She was found dead in a luxury suite of a 5-star hotel. Initially the investigating authorities believed it was a suicide, but the forensic exam revealed evidence of trauma and a puncture wound which led the Indian authorities to relabel the case as a homicide. They suspected poisoning but were unable to identify the poison itself. They sent the dead woman’s organs to the FBI forensic lab in Washington DC and the causative agent has apparently been identified, but hasn’t been revealed yet. For some reason the Indian authorities suspected Polonium-210, which makes no sense whatsoever, since that would have taken days-weeks and other people would surely have been affected by the background radiation. So, stand by to find out who killed Sunanda Pushkar.

Written by Poison Boy

Gerry O'Malley (a.k.a Poison Boy) is a board certified ER doctor and toxicologist with a interest in the unusual, terrifying and occasionally hilarious world of poisonings and toxicology. This site is an exploration of poisons of historical interest as well as in current events and pop culture.

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