Where did rumor that Halloween sweets contain poisons?

ByTomasz Stasiuk

Speaking of Halloween, it's an event that children disguise themselves around their neighborhood house and say "Trick or Treat" (I will mischief you if you do not give sweets) and get a lot of sweets. As rumors about Halloween like that, in the United States, "Honeywin sweets contain poisons" are spreading, so why have such rumors come out?SmithsonianIt is unraveling.

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October 31, 1983, "Dear AbbyAbigail Bang Buren, known as a columnist, posted a column about Halloween as "A Night of Treats, not Tricks" (not night of hospitality, not mischievous). Through the column, Mr. Buren said that "Halloween has the possibility that someone's child could get sick by eating poisoned candy, or eat apples with cutter's blade and die." It seems that the reader wanted it to remember.

Twelve years later, columnist Anne Randers released a column titled "Twisted minds make Halloween a dangerous time" (Twisted heart risks Halloween), which complains about the danger of Halloween lurking like Mr. Buren . In this column, Mr. Landers said, "There is a report that a person with a twisted heart recently mixed razor blades and poison into apple candy or Halloween candy.They eat snacks the children received from strangers no longer It is not safe to let it go. "

There are still reports that foreigners such as razor blades are still mixed in Halloween candy at present but if it is like a razor blade, in most cases you can notice its existence in appearance. However, what happens if you can not see it and "poison" that is difficult to detect can be found in common people?

ByJuushika Redgrave

Joel Best, a sociologist at Delaware State University, has been investigating Halloween sweets for over 30 years claiming that "Heterosexuals are poisoning Halloween candy". According to Mr. Best's research, it is certain that there are examples of distributing anti-pesticides to children as jokes and cases of killing children through Halloween candy.

The case where the child died is an incident where the 8-year-old boy who died in the United States in 1974, Timothy O'Brier, died. A few days before Timothy's death, his father Ronald Clark O'Brien put a $ 40,000 life insurance against his son Timothy and Elizabeth, a daughter who was 5 years old at the time. Because Ronald had a lot of debt, in order to gain insurance money, my son Timothy added "Pixy Stix"To eat a mixture of cyanide compounds, poisoned it.

However, once his crime goes away, it will be impossible to receive the insurance money on Timothy, so Ronald creates a fiction that he murdered Timothy as "a neighbors alteration or a day worker" It is said that they distributed poisoned Pixy Stix to at least 4 children living in. Thanks to the quick response of the authorities, fortunately there were no victims except Timothy, but an 11-year-old boy who is one of the four who received poisoned Pixy Stix from Ronald got a Pixy Stix soon He tried to eat it. However, he was unable to open it because he was closing the Pixy Stix which Ronald once opened, he could not eat it.


Because this case was too terrible content and it showed the possibility of intentionally poisoning Halloween candy, it is thought that the rumor that "Halloween candy is poisoned" spread I will. In addition, the State of Texas has executed Ronald Clark O'Bryan in 1984.

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