Caroline Grills became known as 'Aunty
Thally' after being convicted of the thallium poisoning murders.
(Picture: NWN Library Source:
The Daily Telegraph).
Grills would slip thallium into cups of tea or home-baked goodies
and serve them to her family.
(Picture: NWN Library
Source: The Daily Telegraph)
Mrs Caroline Grills arrives at the Coroner's Court, George St in
Blinded Mrs Lundberg (middle) for whose attempted murder Mrs
Grills was convicted.
Pictured with her daughter Christina and
(Picture: NWN Library. Source: The Daily Telegraph)
A newspaper clipping about Caroline Grills with the headline
'Kindly housewife won
infamy as mass poisoner'.
Thallium and its compounds are often highly toxic. Among the
distinctive effects of thallium
loss of hair (which
led to its initial use as a depilatory before its toxicity
properly appreciated) and
damage to peripheral nerves (victims may
sensation of walking on hot coals). Thallium
an effective murder weapon
before its effects became understood, and
(Prussian blue) discovered.