Time for another unsolved mystery.
This time, we’re going back to Chicago, 1982, where seven people died due to the consumption of cyanide laced Tylenol pain killers from several different pharmacies.
It wasn’t until a member of the fire department noticed the Tylenol bottles at the homes of every victim that the link was made.
The incident resulted in all Johnson and Johnson products to be recalled from shelves and destroyed. It also lead to the development of the non-tamper pharmaceutical containers that we see used today.
Despite investigation, the culprits were never brought to justice, and the crime lead a string of copycat incidents involving tampering with products with the intention of harming or killing consumers.
More recently, Scott Bartz, an ex-employee of the company not only came forward to dismiss the lone mad-man angle that the media had pushed, and claims that the cyanide was actually put into the pills by an employee working in the packing and distribution section of Johnson and Johnson at the time.
The company and FBI accused the ex-employee of being an angry worker who was laid off from the company, and said that his theories had no evidence to back them up.
Another theory is that serial killer Ted Kaczynski, or the Unabomber, was responsible, although he hasn’t been charged for anything relating to the case.
So next time you have a headache, maybe it’d be safer just to sleep it off.