DIGITALISNote: If you are reading this information because you plan to use it on your spouse or in-laws, please leave. This guide if for the use of writers or students only. If you murder someone, you will be caught.
Where is it found? Everywhere. Digitalis thrives in acidic soils, in partial sunlight to deep shade, in a range of habitats including open woods, woodland clearings, moorland, and heath margins, sea-cliffs, rocky mountain slopes and hedgebanks. It is commonly found on sites where the ground has been disturbed, such as recently cleared woodland, or where the vegetation has been burnt.
Symptoms: Early symptoms of ingestion include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, wild hallucinations, delirium, and severe headache. Depending on the severity of the toxicosis the victim may later suffer irregular and slow pulse, tremors, various cerebral disturbances, especially of a visual nature (unusual colour visions with objects appearing yellowish to green, and blue halos around lights), convulsions, and deadly disturbances of the heart.
Fast or Slow Acting: It depends on the amount given.
How is used as a poison? Ingestion.
How can you make it so the victim won't notice it? It comes in pill form.
What would the victim at the crime scene look like? They may look as if they had a heart attack.
Case study: Two cases of digitalis poisoning are described. Case 1, a man, aged 40 years, swallowed for suicidal purposes about 50 digitalis tablets, each containing 50 mg standardized digitalis leaf, digitalis purpurea (0.5 i.u.). Death occured about 8 hours after the intake. A quantitative determination of digitalis glycoside in the gastric contents, and in the contents of the small intestine, blood and heart was performed with xanthydrol. Case 2, a child, 11 days old, because of a congenital heart disease was treated with digoxin. 1/2-1 hour before death the child was given 0.7 mg digoxin intravenously. A quantitative determination of digoxin was performed with xanthydrol in the liver, heart and lung and by the fluorometric method in the liver, heart, kidney, urine and blood.