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10/22/2020 Chicago Cyanide Murders: A Case Study in Cellular Respiration Name(s): Victor GallardoChicago 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 an 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: 1. In your opinion, are the seven deaths connected. What additional information would you need to determine if they are connected? That all the victims lived in the same neighborhood of Chicago suburbs, and may be asked if they know anyone in common.2. If poison is suspected in the deaths, how would you proceed with the investigation? A toxicology report would need to be generated because Reports on toxicology show that the victims were killed with cyanide. The poison was returned to the extra strength of Tylenol, where the killer opened the capsules and reinstated a cyanide painkiller with acetaminophen. The toxicology study finally reportedin the forensic toxicology evaluation "is the conclusion of the awareness and quantification of possible toxins by the laboratory systems."The medical examiner concluded that each of the victims had died of hypoxia. Hypoxia means that the person suffered from a lack of oxygen, or they were suffocated. The reason for the hypoxia is not always clear at the first examination.