A case of homicidal intoxication by chloropicrin

K Gonmori, H Muto, T Yamamoto, K Takahashi
American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 1987, 8 (2): 135-8
An 18-year-old girl and her boyfriend were sprayed with toxic chemicals from the left front door of their parked car. The girl died of intoxication about 4 h later. The main findings of postmortem examination were spotty discolorations on her skin and severe pulmonary edema. The unknown chemical was identified as chloropicrin by gas-liquid chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry of her lung and on samples from the car's console box, cassette tape case, and floor mat, all of which were wet with chemicals. The content of chloropicrin in her lung was calculated at 1.6 ng/g of wet weight.

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