Crime Novelist: Jane Austen killed by arsenic poisoning

November 15th, 2011 - 11:08 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Hollywood, Nov 15 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A crime novelist has concluded that Jane Austen was killed with arsenic. It’s been almost two centuries since Austen died but the mystery surrounding her death has not gone away.

Addressing the subject of Austen’s death, Lindsay Ashford theorizes that based on the letters of the novelist, she might have been killed by arsenic poisoning. Lindsay points out that she did various researches into the last days of Austen and realized that the symptoms that she described in her letters were similar to those of a person who had consumed arsenic.

During an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Lindsay said that, “After all my research I think it’s highly likely she was given a medicine containing arsenic. When you look at her list of symptoms and compare them to the list of arsenic symptoms, there is an amazing correlation. I’m quite surprised no one has thought of it before, but I don’t think people realize quite how often arsenic was used as a medicine.”

Though the logic that Austen might have died from arsenic poisoning, some experts have ruled out foul play saying it was highly unlikely that Austen’s death was a murder. They theorize that the arsenic may have been contained in the medicine which was given by the doctor.

Austen died at the age of 41 years

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