There have been at least two confirmed deaths linked to tainted Halloween candy, but strangers didn't cause them. In a 1970 case, family members sprinkled a 5yearold child's candy with heroin to hide the Snopes. com is quick to point out that cases of druglaced Halloween candy is rare, and the tablets in the photo represent a very expensive drug lot. Claim: Police have documented cases of people randomly distributing poisoned goodies to children on Halloween.
Halloween looms on the horizon like a rising Harvest Moon, and with its approach comes the perennial onslaught of scare stories about drug fiends trying to poison The Children. The Jackson, Mississippi Police Department was one of many that used their Facebook page to disseminate a warning about Ecstasy pills that were deviously disguised to look like childrens candy.
Poisoned candy myths are urban legends about malevolent strangers hiding poisons or sharp objects such as razor blades, needles, or broken glass in candy and distributing the candy in order to harm random children, especially during Halloween trickortreating.
These stories serve as modern cautionary tales to children and parents. These stories So nobodys ever died from poisoned Halloween candy? By all indications, no. Snopes has collected an impressive array of stories where randomly poisoned Halloween candy was blamed for deaths, though. In 1970, a fiveyearold in Detroit died after ingesting a massive amount of heroin. Oct 31, 2016 More pointedly, the origin of the poison doesn't appear to be Halloween candy acquired while trickortreating, but poison planted in Halloween candy by family members.
So, it's more likely to be poisoned by someone you know than by a stranger on Halloween. The poison Laffy Taffy is coming from inside the house. In another case, in 1970, a fiveyear old appeared to have died after eating Halloween candy laced with heroin. However, investigators discovered the drug had been added to the sweets in an attempt to cover up the fact that the child had accidentally ingested heroin found elsewhere in the house.
Every year, fears of poisoned Halloween candy emerge, and once again, there's no evidence of anything to worry about. Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it's time for the annual unsubstantiated freakout about twisted druggies dropping dope in little kids' trickortreat bags. Here are some Halloween safety tips from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration: Children shouldn't snack on candy while trickortreating wait until they get home so a parent can inspect the candy.
Kids should not accept homemade treats stick to candy that's commercially wrapped. Rumors of tainted, poisoned or otherwise murderous Halloween candy handed out to unsuspecting youngsters are as much a part of the Halloween tradition as costumes and singsong pleas for sweets.
Oct 26, 2017 The father used the poisoned Halloween candy myth (the legend was around back then too) as cover for his plot to kill the boy and collect the life insurance. The father was convicted of murder in 1975 and was executed via lethal injection in 1984.
Helen Pfeil's poison candy prank backfires on America In 1964, the 47yearold Long Island housewife decided that it'd be a good idea to play a practical joke on kids she deemed too old to be trickortreating on Halloween.