Assassination and Poisoning

  • Michael FarrellEmail author


This chapter discusses assassination, its classification, and the use of poison in such killings. Historical examples are discussed including plots to kill President Tito of Yugoslavia. More recent instances are examined. Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned with Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury, England, in 2018. In 2017 Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was attacked at Kuala Lumpur airport, Malaysia, with nerve agent. Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, a political exile in the United Kingdom, was poisoned with polonium-210. Bulgarian dissident writer Georgi Markov died after a metal pellet containing ricin was injected or shot into his leg. The chapter considers these incidents in relation to Situational Crime Prevention and looks at means, motive, opportunity, location, and perpetrator-victim relationship.


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  1. 1.Stoke Lacy, HerefordshireUK

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