Tests Show Napoleon 'Not Murdered'
have dealt a major blow to conspiracy theorists and those
who maintain that Napoleon
Bonaparte was murdered.
years the controversy has raged about his being killed -
either by French Royalists or the British - and all have
pointed to the high levels of arsenic in the emperor's body
as being evidence of such dastardly behaviour.
while recent tests on strands of the emperor's hair have
shown arsenic in his body, they prove that is not what killed
scientists, quoted in the magazine Science et Vie
(Science and Life), said the tests had them originally
thinking he had died from the poison, but further investigation
revealed the high levels of the toxin were not taken orally.
If they had been, the experts said, then Napoleon Bonaparte's
death would have been much quicker.
said the emperor's body contained some 15 parts per million
of the poison, where the maxium safe limit is only three
parts per million.
their investigation, the experts said they believed the
emperor had absorbed the toxin over a long period of time
and cited such things as hair products, wallpaper, ash from
wood fires or glue as being the slow-poisoning culprits.
now agree the most likely cause of the emperor's death was
will no doubt bring some relief to the family of Count Charles
de Montholon, who has long been suspected by the murder
theorists of being the man who delivered the fatal doses.