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July 15, 2021

S03E06 - "The Teacup Poisoner" Graham Frederick Young

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In the sixth episode of British Murders Season 3, I tell the story of Graham Frederick Young aka The Teacup Poisoner.⁣

On July 5, 1962, at the age of 14, Graham Young was sentenced to serve 15 years in Broadmoor Hospital for maliciously administering poison to his dad, sister, and school friend Christopher Williams.

After serving just short of 9 years, Young was released from Broadmoor on February 4, 1971.

He went on to poison around 70 of his work colleagues, killing two of them in the process.

On June 29, 1972, Young was found guilty of the murders and sentenced to life imprisonment.

He died of a myocardial infarction at Parkhurst Prison on August 1, 1990.

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Intro music:
David John Brady - 'Throw Down the Gauntlet'

My recording equipment:
Shure SM57 Dynamic Mic
Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface

Edited in:
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019

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