36th year  -  N° 267                 Friday, 24 September 2021         Antwerpen		
Die Kleinen und die Bösen
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Monday 26th of January 1948

73 years ago There Was no Dysentery Outbreak

12 die due to poisoning during a bank-robbery by 56-year-old tempera painter and presumed mass poisoner Sadamichi Hirasawa in Teikoku Ginko, Shiinamachi, Tokyo, Kantō, Japan.

A man calling himself an epidemiologist arrived at the Imperial Bank, explaining that he was a public health official who had orders to inoculate the staff against a sudden outbreak of dysentery. He gave all sixteen people present a pill and a few drops of liquid. Those present drank the cyanide solution and died while he robbed the bank of 160.000 yen. Hirasawa is believed to have been falsely charged.