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A suicide pill (also known as an L-pill or lethal pill) is a pill, capsule, ampoule or tablet containing a fatally poisonous substance that a person ingests deliberately in order to quickly cause their own death. This is done in order to avoid an imminent and far more unpleasant death (such as through torture) or to ensure that they cannot be interrogated and leak sensitive information. As a result, lethal pills have important psychological value to persons carrying out missions with a high risk of capture and interrogation. Pharmaceutical ampoules An ampoule is a small glass vial which is hermetically sealed by melting the thin top usually with a blowtorch flame after filling, and is most commonly used as a container for hypodermic injection solutions (eg. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... FATAL (Originally short for Fantasy Adventure To Adult Lechery, but later changed to From Another Time, Another Land) is a tabletop role-playing game created by Byron Hall. ... Torture is defined by the United Nations Convention Against Torture as any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he...


Traditionally, lethal pills are oval capsules, approximately the size of a pea, comprised of a thin-walled glass ampoule covered in brown rubber (to protect against accidental breakage) and filled with a concentrated solution of potassium cyanide. It is important to note that purpose-made lethal pills are never swallowed whole. Instead, they are first crushed between the user's molars to release the fast-acting poison contained within. Brain death occurs within minutes and the heartbeat stops shortly after. Binomial name Pisum sativum L. A pea is the small, edible round green bean which grows in a pod on the leguminous vine Pisum sativum, or in some cases to the immature pods. ... Potassium cyanide or KCN is the potassium salt of hydrogen cyanide or hydrocyanic acid. ... A molar is the fourth kind of tooth in mammals. ... Brain death is defined as a complete and irreversible cessation of brain activity. ... Heart rate is a term used to describe the frequency of the cardiac cycle. ...


The concept of the suicide pill does not limit itself to pills, but rather may lend itself in a colloquial manner to anything that has fatal consequences when deliberately taken or done. It has been suggested that The Pros of suicide be merged into this article or section. ...

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Examples

  • Field Marshal Erwin Rommel committed suicide in this manner following his implication in the July 20 plot against Hitler.[1] Additionally, Eva Braun and a number of Nazi war criminals such as Heinrich Himmler and Hermann Goering are known to have committed suicide using lethal pills containing a solution of cyanide salts.

Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel ( ) (15 November 1891 – 14 October 1944) was one of the most distinguished German field marshals of World War II. He was the commander of the Deutsches Afrika Korps and also became known by the nickname “The Desert Fox” (Wüstenfuchs,  ) for the skillful military campaigns he... Claus von Stauffenberg The July 20 Plot was an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler, the dictator of Germany, on July 20, 1944. ... Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 – April 30, 1945, standard German pronunciation in the IPA) was the Führer (leader) of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party) and of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... National Socialism redirects here. ... Heinrich Luitpold Himmler ( ; October 7, 1900 – May 23, 1945) was the commander of the German Schutzstaffel (SS) and one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany. ... Hermann Göring Hermann Wilhelm Göring (also spelled Hermann Goering in English) (January 12, 1893–October 15, 1946) was a prominent and early member of the Nazi party, founder of the Gestapo, and one of the main architects of Nazi Germany. ... Captain Parsons in 1945 Rear Admiral William Sterling Deak Parsons (November 26, 1901 - December 5, 1953) was an American military engineer, best known for being the weaponeer on the Enola Gay (at the time, he had the rank of Captain) which dropped the first atomic bomb on the Hiroshima, Japan... The Boeing B-29 Superfortress was a four-engine heavy bomber propeller aircraft flown by the United States Army Air Forces in World War II and other military organizations afterwards. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 lifted nuclear fallout some 18km (60,000 feet) above the epicenter. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Aspects of torture Incrimination of innocent people One well documented effect of torture is that with rare exceptions people will say or do anything to escape the situation, including untrue confessions and implication of others without genuine knowledge, who may well then be tortured in turn. ... The Kempeitai (憲兵隊, Law Soldier Regiment) were the military police of the Imperial Japanese Army. ... A typical classified document. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 lifted nuclear fallout some 18km (60,000 feet) above the epicenter. ...

Other Uses

In economics, a suicide pill is a form of risk arbitrage used by corporations to thwart hostile takeover attempts. As an extreme version of the poison pill defense, this crippling provision refers to any technique used by a target firm in which takeover protection could result in self-destruction. Face-to-face trading interactions on the New York Stock Exchange trading floor. ... Risk arbitrage is an investment or trading strategy often associated with hedge funds. ... A corporation (usually known in the United Kingdom and Ireland as a company) is a legal entity (distinct from a natural person) that often has similar rights in law to those of a Civil law systems may refer to corporations as moral persons; they may also go by the name... A takeover in business refers to one company (the acquirer, or bidder) purchasing another (the target). ... Poison pill began as a reference to literal poison pills (often glass vials of cyanide salts) carried by various spies throughout history, and by Nazi leaders in WWII. Spies could take such pills when discovered, eliminating any possibility that they could be interrogated for the enemys gain. ... It has been suggested that The Firm be merged into this article or section. ...


Variations of the suicide pill include the Jonestown Defense, Scorched Earth defense, and Golden Parachute. The Jonestown defense is an extreme corporation defense against hostile takeovers. ... A scorched earth policy is a military tactic which involves destroying anything that might be useful to the enemy while advancing through or withdrawing from an area. ... A Golden Parachute is a clause in the contract of a CEO or other executive officers of a corporation, that if the corporation is acquired it pays them a certain amount of money, or stock options. ...


References

  1. ^ "Guard 'gave Goering suicide pill" BBC News February 8, 2005, retrieved April 28, 2006

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External links

  • Poison expert's cyanide suicide (BBC news item)

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