Signs Your Significant Other Is Slowly Poisoning You To Death

Poison has been one of the most popular methods of murder for centuries. When one person in a relationship decides that murder is the best way out, poison is obviously more discrete than a violent killing. Murder by poison can go undetected if it's done perfectly, but killers often make mistakes and can let slip some poisoning warning signs. 

These stories of murder and attempted murder came with some big clues that poison was the culprit. So is your boyfriend poisoning you? Is your girlfriend poisoning you? Anything's a possibility. Even if you're married you might not be safe. If you're looking for signs your spouse is secretly poisoning you, read on for some of the major warning signs. 

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  • Your Partner Insists On Bringing You Breakfast In Bed

    A romantic gesture, or a sign that your partner is slowly poisoning you? A doctor in Tennessee allegedly tried to poison his wife for five straight months by putting the toxic heavy metal Barium in her morning coffee, which he insisted on making for her every day.

    After months of stomach problems and lethargy, she caught him putting the mysterious substance in her coffee and contacted police.

  • Your Mouth Burns When You Brush Your Teeth

    Wolf's bane can be used as a poison in both food and toothpaste, as it turns out. In 2016, Staci Wortman noticed a burning sensation as she was brushing her teeth. She stopped immediately but was left with a lingering headache all day, and her daughter complained of the same symptoms.

    Police later discovered that Staci's estranged husband had crept into the house to add poison to the toothpaste, apparently not caring that his children would be exposed to it as well.

  • Your Coffee Tastes Extra Bitter

    Another popular poison, cyanide, can taste like bitter almonds. In 2008, a Long Island man was on the verge of ending his marriage, but he couldn't bear to let his wife be with anyone else. So he laced her coffee with cyanide, which caused major organ and neurological damage. She did not survive the ordeal. 

  • Your Partner Offers You A Pain Reliever

    When your partner offers you a pain reliever, they may not actually have your health in mind. After the infamous Tylenol poisonings in Chicago, Stella Nickell decided to use the same technique to murder her husband. She laced the pain relievers in their home with cyanide.

    He took four Excedrin pills after complaining of a headache, and was dead hours later. 

  • Your Soda Tastes A Little Too Sweet

    Adding antifreeze to a partner's drink seems to be a rather popular method of poisoning. Ethylene glycol, the active ingredient in antifreeze, is odorless, colorless, and sweet tasting. In 2006, a Cleveland, Ohio, woman was arrested for adding the toxic substance to her partner's tea. He died after experiencing stomach pains for several days.

    In another case, Stacey Castor murdered her first husband with antifreeze and almost got away with murdering her second husband the same way. She staged his death to look like a suicide, but when police caught on, she tried to place the blame on her daughter.

    Castor gave her 20-year-old daughter Ashley a cocktail of vodka and prescription medication, then wrote a fake suicide note in which Ashley admitted to killing both her father and step-father. Ashley survived the ordeal and Stacey went to prison.

  • Your Bottle Of Visine Is Running Low

    Visine, is great if you have red, irritated eyes. It is decidedly less great, however, if you ingest a large dose of it. One California man snuck some Visine drops into his girlfriend's drink one night after getting into a fight. After experiencing stomach problems, she found text messages in his phone that detailed his plan to poison her and reported him to the police.