Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Nasty Stuff

A lot of people die from cancer. Typically, when a person dies of cancer it's assumed to be from bad habits or just bad genes. That's what made the case of Steven Roy Harper so interesting.

Harper was a troubled young man. He thought he found love in a young woman named Sandra Johnson. He and Sandra were high school sweethearts in the early 1970s. When Sandra left him for a young man named Duane Johnson in 1974, Harper just couldn't handle it. He went to the house of Sandra Johnson and fired a shotgun at Duane, injuring both Johnson and Sandra's mother with the blast. He was convicted of assault and sent to prison.

I know that's terrible, but not too unusual. But here's where it gets interesting:

One morning, in 1978, Sandra sat down to breakfast. After eating, she fell ill. Later in the day, after a hard day's work, Duane returned home and ate. Shortly afterwards, he, and several family members, fell ill. After a few painful hours, they went to the hospital where they were all diagnosed with liver cancer. Duane Johnson and a nephew would die painful deaths, and other family members would undergo chemo and radiation therapy.

It was unknown how the family could contract this aggresive cancer so quickly. Police became suspicious. Unbelievably, although he was released from prison a year earlier, Harper was not the first suspect. Eventually, however, police were led to his house, where a carcenogen, dimethylnitrosamine, used in animal cancer tests, was found. They also found dead house pets, victims of his testing with the substance. Harper worked in a laboratory and had access to chemicals. It was the job he obtained after being released from prison in 1977.

Harper confessed to friends, bragging about what he had done. After obtaining the chemicals, Harper said he entered the Johnson home and placed the chemical in some lemonade and milk. Sandra drank a little milk with her breakfast, but stopped drinking it because it tasted funny. Duane wasn't as lucky. He drank about half of the container of lemonade. His nephew drank a large portion, as well.

Harper's biggest error, other than being a homocidal idiot, was that he didn't use the correct dosage. A trained chemist would have known that such a large dose would have been too easily noticed, as it would cause immediate symptoms. A smaller dose would have caused the cancer, but it would have seemed more natural.

This is the oldest case of purposeful cancer murder I've been able to find. After learning of the death of a fairly famous filmmaker with bladder cancer, and then learning of a 'hit' placed on him, I began researching the topic. It took me less than 20 minutes to locate and list a large amount of carcenogenic chemicals available fairly cheaply that could cause cancer.

You can find them online at chemical company websites. I won't name where I found these, but, frighteningly, it's not that hard to find. Below is a list of the chemicals, and the price for the quantity listed beside it. They are categorized by the organ/system affected.

COLON
Azoxymethane $146 25MG
N-Nitroso-N-ethylurea $30.40 1G

LIVER
N-(2-Fluorenyl)acetamide $101.505G
3,3'-Dichlorobenzidine dihydrochloride $74.20 25G
L-Ethionine $99.70 250MG
N-Nitrosodimethylamine $42.50 1G
N-Nitrosodiethylamine $46.30 1G

BLADDER
N-(2-Fluorenyl)acetamide $101.50 5G
2-Naphthylamine $41.00 5MG
3,3'-Dichlorobenzidine dihydrochloride $74.20 25G
Arsenic(III) oxide $20.90 25G

RESPIRATORY
1-Nitrosopiperidine $34.80 5ML
1-Nitrosopyrrolidine $38.40 10G
Arsenic(III) oxide $20.90 25G
N-Nitroso-N-ethylurea $30.40 1G
N-Nitrosodimethylamine $42.50 1G
N-Nitrosodiethylamine $46.30 1G

STOMACH
1-Nitrosopiperidine $34.80 5ML
N-Nitrosodimethylamine $42.50 1G

SKIN
3-Methylcholanthrene $165.00 100MG
7,12-Dimethylbenz[a]anthracene $28.20 100MG
Arsenic(III) oxide $20.90 25G
N-Nitroso-N-ethylurea $30.40 1G

LEUKEMIA
Benzene $84.49 2L
Tetrachloroethylene $10.60 5G
7,12-Dimethylbenz[a]anthracene $28.20 100MG

PANCREAS
L-Ethionine $99.70 250MG
N-Nitroso-N-ethylurea $30.40 1G

KIDNEY
Aristolochic acid $51.70 25MG
N-Nitroso-N-ethylurea $30.40 1G
N-Nitrosodimethylamine $42.50 1G

FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE
Diethylstilbestrol $59.10 1G

BREAST
Diethylstilbestrol $59.10 1G
N-Nitroso-N-methylurea $44.00

NERVOUS SYSTEM
N-Nitroso-N-ethylurea $30.40 1G

CAUSES LUPUS
Pristane $322.50 100ML

Scary, isn't it? Makes me wonder who all has died from 'cancer' that was really poisoned.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Don said...

Tony, just to make the record clear, the younger of my two adopted daughters was named Sandra Johnson and she was in high school in the 1970s, but she is definitely NOT the Sandra Johnson you refer to in this post.

I also want to make it clear that I am NOT related to Edward Albert Seibold who was sentenced consecutively to three life sentences and another 20 years imprisonment for a vicious attack upon an Auburn family that left three people dead around 40 years ago, and who still resides in an Alabama prison. I have a letter that he sent to me from prison several years ago trying to strike up a relationship with me but I never replied to him. Recently I wrote a letter to the editor that was published in the Opelika-Auburn News. An elderly gentleman became very upset when he read my letter in the newspaper, saw my name, and related it to this killer. The gentleman’s son phoned me and told me of his father’s distress and that his dad was suffering from dementia or in the early stages of Alzheimer disease. I told him to please explain to his father that although the killer and I had the same last name we are in no way related to one another as far as I know.

A tale of my experience at the time the killer was being sought is another story for another day.

Life is interesting at times.

8:20 AM  

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