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Tymurs: The 1982 Tylenol Murders (Tymurs, Book 1)

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

    Tymers: The Tylenol Murders, by Scott Bartz, is a fact based boo

    Tymers: The Tylenol Murders, by Scott Bartz, is a fact based book that goes into the investigation of these events. But it comes across a little too "conspiracy theory-ish" to really take it completely seriously. You learn quite a bit about the Tylenol murders, but you really don't get a look into the victims and by the end of the book you still do not know who the murderers were. The conspiracies idea was that the company Jonson and Johnson was behind the whole thing, not simply the people that carried out the deed. The authors delve into the idea that Johnson and Johnson knew about everything that was going on and simply allowed it to take place. They even go as far as to say that the company covered it up during the investigations.

    Though I don't know that I fully agree, or even believe the theory, the book was a great and interesting read. It intrigued me from start to finish. The author does a good job at simply laying out the details of the story and keeping the readers attention. It's very well written. The only thing that got to me was that I wanted to know more about who the victims were, and ultimately who the real murderer(s) were. If you find conspiracy theory type reads interesting, I would highly recommend the book!

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    The story begins with police officers mulling over a box of Tyle

    The story begins with police officers mulling over a box of Tylenol capsules left in a parking lot. It looks like many of the capsules have been opened and tampered with, but the officers surmise someone must have been using them for drug smuggling and leave the items where they found them. The next chapter immediately jumps into the lives of several different people, most of them connected only by a single point: they ingest Tylenol capsules for whatever reason and die within moments.

    Tymurs is a nonfiction story that attempts to reconcile all the information of the tylenol cyanide case. These murders eventually led to anti-tampering laws and stricter packaging requirements, although the killer was never found. I can't believe I've never heard of the case before, as it makes for very interesting reading material. The writing is very straight-forward and simple, and the book reads like a report. The writing could have used some polish to make it less dry, but the subject matter was interesting enough that I kept reading. The author was very thorough in his research; each chapter has helpful endnotes to show where his information is from. Always good to establish veracity in these types of books.

    Overall I would recommend Tymurs. It digs up the facts surrounding the case and shows how the people in charge of the investigation mishandled things. To this day the tylenol killer has not been found, although recently the case has been reopened and some people are being investigated. Tymurs also gives insight into the lives of the people who were killed or affected by the poisoned capsules, the second chapter was really heartbreaking.

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