Newspaper Owner Reveals He Was Poisoned With Rare, Toxic Powder
December 07, 2017
Joseph Soldwedel. Photo courtesy Arizona Daily Courier
(PRESCOTT, AZ.) -- It appears to be not only a whodunit, but a who wants an Arizona newspaper co-owner dead and why.
In a fascinating story published in the Arizona Daily Courier (dccourier.com), a paper that has served the Prescott area since 1882, co-owner Joseph Soldwedel, 65, revealed he was poisoned by thallium, an odorless and tasteless heavy metal also sometimes referred to as "inheritance powder."
Years ago thallium, discovered in the 1860's, was used as a rat poison and ant killer but its use for that purpose in this country has been prohibited since 1965 "due to incidents of intentional poisoning of humans," according to the Courier story which noted it can still be easily bought through the Internet from other countries without any restrictions.
The Courier report says Soldwedel "was poisoned with what could have been lethal doses of thallium and other chemicals," according to leading toxicology and medical experts.
It says Soldwedel went through a long, unexplained illness earlier this year and as a result sought medical treatment "and forensic laboratory testing" which revealed, according to one of the nation's leading experts in forensic toxicology, that the test findings were highly suggestive of " intentional poisoning with an intent to kill."
Items from the Courier report found here :
.......Medical experts conclude that from about Nov. 29, 2016 through Dec. 27, 2016 the thallium levels in Soldwedel’s body were more than 15 times higher than "normal levels" for an average person in a particular living and working environment. More samples from February to March 2017 confirmed the presence of thallium at abnormal levels.
.......They also found in Soldwedel’s body a "blend of (other) toxic chemicals...at dangerously high levels, including lithium, aluminum, barium and zinc."
.......Doctors concluded that Soldwedel was not taking any meds that contain these heavy metals or other toxins, had no known environmental or occupational exposures to thallium and what's more, water tests done at his "places of residence showed no trace of toxic chemicals."
.......An offcial of a laboratory that does toxicology testing for clients around the world said what happened to Soldwedel was indeed "poisoning,' they just can't figure out how it occurred..They did determine however those toxic agents in his system were, "Specifically at an extremely elevated level, which are indicative of a catalyst poisoning through ingestion...and show a particular time frame for the exposure, which was after eating specific foods."
So who might want Soldwedel dead?
He says he's got a good idea who might be behind the moves that sought his early demise but does not want to "make that information public until police and the county attorney have finished their review and potential charges have been filed or arrests made."
He did say that his son, daughter and lone sibling [sister] are in no way involved, according to the Courier story.