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Old 12-01-2012, 03:21 AM
oyster11 oyster11 is offline
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Undetectable poison on "Dexter" -- SPOILERS [edited title]

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How did Hannah from Dexter poision that writer to death without trace?


Any explanation? Seems like a good poison since it can't even be detected by tox-screen in the police station.

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Old 12-01-2012, 04:35 AM
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Hannah said it was something completely undetectable. She put it on the tip of his pen after noticing he had a habit of chewing on it. It was intended to take effect while he was driving, making it look like a car accident. It's hinted she's used it before (as she knows it won't show up in a tox-screen).
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:49 AM
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How come Hannah have some undetectable poision, seems unrealistic. I know it's a fiction but still.....
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:38 AM
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In the Dexterverse, Miami Metro is almost completely useless. Actually, you could replace "almost" with "100%".
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:07 AM
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Could you maybe not put information that needs a SPOILER tag on it in your title? Thanks.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:10 AM
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Isn't ricin pretty much untraceable, or is that just some BS I learned from Unsolved Mysteries (or similar)?
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:40 AM
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Welcome to the SDMB, oyster11. We ask that people avoid spoilers in Cafe Society, to accommodate people who haven't seen the show/movie (or read the book, etc.) yet. Specifically, do not put spoilers in the thread title, and if the thread involves the discussion of plot points that are spoilers, add a warning stating so in the thread title. Please be careful about that in the future.

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Could you maybe not put information that needs a SPOILER tag on it in your title? Thanks.
And prr, instead of just bitching at the newbie in the thread, you could report the thread and ask a moderator to fix the problem.

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Old 12-01-2012, 12:37 PM
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I bet any reasonably skilled botanist knows about all kinds of nifty poisons. Fortunately few have the desire to learn how to extract and employ them. On the Dexter-unverse scale of sheer implausibility, with Travis Marshall's super-speed being the worst example, this is barely a ripple.

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Old 12-02-2012, 10:56 AM
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I'd use a recreational drug, writers are well known for being drug users(Stephen King says he can't even remember writing some of his famous novels) so no one would think much if a drug came up during a tox screen that was used recreationally. Like LSD.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:12 AM
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but then it has to be an overdose which isnt easy to do
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:12 AM
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Isn't one of the tropes for tv crime shows "the tox screen can't detect it if they're not looking for it"?

So if she uses a chemical not commonly checked for in a screen, and if it causes death in a manner that pretty much looks like a heart attack (or causes a heart attack) then it gets ruled a heart attack. Neat and tidy.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:23 PM
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What more if the cause of death is a car accident. A 35 year old dies from a heart attack, they'll look closely. 35 year old falls asleep and runs off road or something similar, meh - not so much.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:07 PM
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Iocane, I'd bet my life on it!
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