Maine Mystery: How Arsenic Got in Church Coffee

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Police have been unable to determine how coffee served in a church in the small Maine town of New Sweden was contaminated with arsenic that killed one man and sickened 15 churchgoers; three remain in critical condition. “Some around town are speculating about the sugar,” The New York Times reports. “The finger sandwiches, however, do seem to have been ruled out.”

The state public health department found no trace of arsenic in the well where the Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church draws its water, which has raised speculation that the poisoning was deliberate. Yesterday, the Associated Press reports, A container that had held arsenic was found in the church. State police plan to interview every member of the church in the town of 650.


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