Reading this poisoning story on CNN, really surprised me. I did’nt even imagine that people could resort to such methods. Kind of reminds of Frank Herbert’s Dune novels. One of the acceptable methods of inter-planetary warfare in Herbert’s Dune universe was to chamurky. Chamurky was a form of delayed poisoning. Assassins would introduce a chemical into the food and/or drink of the target that would be harmless when ingested but combined with some diet, become toxic.
I guess Frank Herbert’s inspiration was’nt as far-out as I had originally thought. His inspiration was far closer to home.