Some of you may remember the 1982 Chicago Tylenol Drug Tampering Event. Seven people died from potassium cyanide poisoning after someone tampered with several bottles of capsules and then placed them back on the shelf. Following those seven deaths, multiple copycat crimes claimed even more innocent lives.

Back then, almost nothing was sealed to prevent such horrors. It was after the Chicago cyanide event that everything began to be sealed to protect the customer. Isn’t this how it always works, things change after people die?

In 1982, I was 15 years old and a freshman in high school. I can still remember my thoughts on the cyanide situation. My first thought, who is making money off the new packaging requirements? Even at a young age, I had an idea of how the world works. Someone always gets rich off [great change]. Prohibition, certain families became rich. Legalizing marijuana here in Colorado, certain people were prepared in advance. COVID-19, certain people are prepared to make billions off the vaccination. The powers that be have refined the process down to a science.

For those who live a life of discernment, sometimes things are revealed before they unfold. There are people in this world who do not have a choice except to see the truth. I imagine ignorance is bliss, or at the very least, requires less mental agility.

Sadly, this mystery is still unsolved.

Joseph Shanklin

August 18, 2020

5 thoughts on “The 1982 Tylenol Drug Tampering Mystery

  1. A lot of it has to do with the fact that no one even thinks something is going to happen until it does. Up to that point, no one thought that some bastard was going to put cyanide in Tylenol capsules.

    I remember the day this happened. I was at work and suddenly we got a message that if we had Tylenol capsules, throw them out. I didn’t know the extent of it until I got home. Considering it was almost 40 years ago that it happened, there’s a good chance someone took the secret of who did it to their grave.

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