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Name : Chicago Cyanide Murders: A Case Study in Cellular Respiration Part 1: Background In September of 1982, Mary Kellerman gave her 12 year old daughter a painkiller when she awoke during the night complaining of a sore throat. At 7 am the next morning, her daughter was found collapsed on the bathroom floor, and later pronounced dead. Adam Janus, a postal worker in another Chicago suburb also died unexpectedly, though originally it was thought he had suffered from a heart attack. While his family gathered to mourn their loss, his brother and sister became ill and later died. In the days that followed, three more unexplained deaths occurred in nearby Chicago suburbs. Investigators found that all of the victims had taken extra strength Tylenol hours before their death. They suspected that someone had tampered with the medication. Symptoms exhibited by each of the victims included: weakness, dizziness, sleepiness flushed, bright red, skin tone • headache shortness of breath and rapid breathing • vomiting confusion and disorientation Questions (2 points each): 1. In your opinion, are the seven deaths connected. What additional information would you need to determine if they are connected? In my opinion, maybe they all went to buy Tylenol in the same pharmacy. All victims lived in the same neighborhood of Chicago suburbs. Maybe asked people if they know anyone in common. 1
2. If poison is suspected in the deaths, how would you proceed with the investigation? I would check the pharmacy and check all the Tylenol before anything to see if they were pampered: to see if they have cyanide in them.

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