John H. Trestrail III, BS Pharm, FAACT, DABAT

Forensic & Clinical Toxicologist

 Consultant - Author - Speaker

 

Is the death a murder with poison?

 

Here are the six critical questions that need to be answered!

 

(1) What substance was found in the victim that should not be there? = “method

 

         - qualitative analysis

 

(2) Is the substance in a toxic amount? = “method

 

        - quantitative ananlysis

 

(3) Were observed symptoms consistent with the substance and the amount? = “method

 

       - witness description

       - autopsy findings

 

(4) How and when did the substance get into the victim? = “method

 

       - by what route?

       - at what time?

 

(5) Who would gain from the victim’s death? = “motive

 

       - study the victim = “victimology

       - who had a reason?

 

(6) Who had access to the victim, and the toxic substance? = “opportunity

 

       - to the victim

       - to the poison