How to Poison Someone on the Cheap

Intrigued and disturbed by reports that the former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko may have been killed by radiation poisoning, I couldn’t help wondering how something like that was done? How easy would it be to get your hands on Polonium-210, the chemical element? Quite easy, it turns out.

If you’re in the U.S., or have someone with a U.S. PayPal account you could shell out $70 and buy it online at United Nuclear (“Supplying the science hobbyist, industry, government, schools & universities since 1998″), a New Mexico company with a fun attitude (“If you’re looking for a clean, accurate, certified radiation sources, here they are…”).

If you don’t want to wait that long, head down to your local photography store and buy a  StaticMaster Anti-Static Brush – 3″, whose ionizer is powered by alpha-energy from Polonium-210 ion sources. Cost: about $40. In fact you don’t need to buy the whole brush; you could just buy a replacement Polonium cartridge. According to this article, hold a StaticMaster against any glow-in-the-dark toy and you can see the polonium inside the cartridge glow.  

I don’t know enough about this kind of thing to say how you would then use this stuff to poison people, and perhaps the quantities aren’t enough. But while the StaticMaster is supposedly safe and that Polonium 210 has been used safely for decades, this may be because it’s sealed: The later website, AngelFire warns: Whatever you do, DO NOT abuse the physical integrity of the sealed sources. Po-210 is a dangerous inhalation and ingestion hazard!

It sounds as if getting your hands on Po-210 isn’t quite as tricky as it sounds. How you would then administer it, I don’t know.

6 thoughts on “How to Poison Someone on the Cheap

  1. What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Polonium

    In case you’re wondering about that rare radioactive element Polonium, which was apparently used to poison ex-KGB agent turned author Alexander Litvinenko, I have just the web site for you. Theodore Gray, one of the founders of Wolfram Research, is

  2. Anonymous says:

    murderes

  3. Luke Slomka says:

    that is amazing, i did not know radio active material that could be used to kill someone was so readily available, maybe something should be done to protect people

  4. The brain says:

    Typical ignorant person.
    One person misuses a tool so you take it away from everyone.

    What happens when someone dies from being beaten by a rock?
    Will you ban rocks too?!

    Ignorance.

  5. Dan says:

    Typical ignorant person.
    One person misuses a tool so you take it away from everyone.

    What happens when someone dies from being beaten by a rock?
    Will you ban rocks too?!

    Ignorance.

  6. I’ve been wanting to kill someone how would i do it and get away with it????

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