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Posted December 26, 2012
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!
Posted December 1, 2012
Tymurs is not your typical book with a cast of characters and a plot. Yes, it does have a plot - the death of innocent people from taking a simple medication.
This is a story about the Tylenol murders back in 1982. The FBI gave this case the code name “Tymurs”.
Had it not been that more than one person died from the same location, and the cause found to be the Tylenol capsules, we might never have known to research this farther. Yes, they were all from the greater Chicago area, but it seemed by pure luck the cause of their deaths was found.
Yes, there are a cast of characters, including the 7 people who died because of the poisoning on Tylenol capsules. There are people from Johnson & Johnson, the processing facility, the warehouse and shipping facility, the local police and the FBI. Then add in all the media.There are so many people involved it is hard to keep track, but rather easier to read with where they are from, not who they are.
I would also suggest reading with two bookmarks, as at the end of each chapter, there are pages of notes with sources and further reference.
Definitely a very interesting read and I would recommend it to everyone.
Posted November 23, 2012
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.
Posted November 20, 2012
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Tymurs: The 1982 Tylenol Murders is an in-depth look at the poisonings from cyanide-laced Tylenol that resulted in the deaths of at least seven confirmed victims. The author, Scott Bartz, has three books that explore this extremely interesting mystery of who would do something so horrid. He also looks at how Johnson & Johnson, Tylenol’s parent company, handled (or mishandled in some ways) the whole thing. This book is the first in in the Tymur series. Tymur is the name the FBI gave the Tylenol poisonings case. I can remember being a little kid when this all happened and my parents refusing to buy Tylenol for the longest time. It terrified me and I still to this day check my OTC medications to see if they have been tampered with in some way. What nobody was told at the time was that for a few years before these murders there had been a few other Tylenol-tampered deaths that were never made public. Tymurs is a very well written book filled with lots of information that is mostly not known. Sometimes there is a bit too much information and my brain wanted to shut off, such as one chapter that went through the probability of ingesting a cyanide-laced capsule out of a whole bottle of Tylenol. This was used to prove a point but it lost me in some places. Mr. Bartz provides a good mixture of information exploring both the criminal investigation as well as how J.&J. dealt with the situation. This is a very well done book and piqued my interest enough that I will definitely be reading the next one in the series.
Posted November 19, 2012
TYMURS: The 1982 Tylenol Murders by Scot Bartz is an extensive investigation into the 1982 Tylenol Murders. In 1982 people were dying after taking Extra Strength Tylenol Capsules. Naturally the product was recalled but it was too late for some. The stories spread by the media were everything from a madman was running around poisoning random bottles on store shelves possibly to blackmail the company Johnson & Johnson to one of the victims family member did it and poisoned others so it looked like she was a random victim of some nut who gets his kicks out of killing people. It was only by chance that a doctor in the emergency room put two and two together when he treated a 'victim' who died although he didn't know what was wrong with him at the time.Then he learned that two family members of this victim were on their way in with similar symptoms. The doctor made a phone call to the Poison Center and learned the symptoms he explained seemed to fit cyanide poisoning which later blood tests confirmed.
The author brings to light how the situation was mishandled starting with when the Tylenol boxes that were found opened up with capsules taken apart and a 'white powder' found on the floor through how the investigation was handled. Johnson & Johnson was highly praised for their handling of the situation and a relationship developed between them and the agencies who were involved in the investigation of the incident. So in other words, Johnson & Johnson takes over heading the investigation and therefore able to release to the media what information it saw fit.
The author revealed a lot of information I never heard before and the amount of research done before writing this book is staggering. His research went from news reports to court documents and even talking to the people involved. Keep in mind though that is just what this book is, a research and report of the findings. If you are looking for a story where you get close to the main characters and have an adventure, this is not the book for you. There is no bonding with anyone in this book, the main character is a pill called Extra Strength Tylenol, and the plot or purpose is where and who done it. The author seems to slant toward some conclusions with the documentation of why he comes to this conclusion.
I recommend this book to everyone who interested in the Tylenol Murders.