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The Teacup Poisoner: A Biography of Serial Killer Graham Young

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Graham Young had an unusual obsession from a young age. Where most youths might be interested in music and sports, Young was fascinated by poisons. By the age of 14, he was using his family (who, of course, didn't know) as experiments. In 1962, still a teen, his stepmother died from one of his poisoning experiments. Young eventually confessed to the murder of his stepmother Graham Young had an unusual obsession from a young age. Where most youths might be interested in music and sports, Young was fascinated by poisons. By the age of 14, he was using his family (who, of course, didn't know) as experiments. In 1962, still a teen, his stepmother died from one of his poisoning experiments. Young eventually confessed to the murder of his stepmother and the attempted murder of several other members of his family; he was sent to a mental hospital for nine years, where he was ultimately released fully recovered. Unknown to the hospital, however, Young was actually using his time in the mental hospital to study medical texts and improve his poisoning skills. His true work as a poisoner had only just begun! This gripping narrative gives you a page-turning look at one of England's most notorious serial killers: Graham Young.


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Graham Young had an unusual obsession from a young age. Where most youths might be interested in music and sports, Young was fascinated by poisons. By the age of 14, he was using his family (who, of course, didn't know) as experiments. In 1962, still a teen, his stepmother died from one of his poisoning experiments. Young eventually confessed to the murder of his stepmother Graham Young had an unusual obsession from a young age. Where most youths might be interested in music and sports, Young was fascinated by poisons. By the age of 14, he was using his family (who, of course, didn't know) as experiments. In 1962, still a teen, his stepmother died from one of his poisoning experiments. Young eventually confessed to the murder of his stepmother and the attempted murder of several other members of his family; he was sent to a mental hospital for nine years, where he was ultimately released fully recovered. Unknown to the hospital, however, Young was actually using his time in the mental hospital to study medical texts and improve his poisoning skills. His true work as a poisoner had only just begun! This gripping narrative gives you a page-turning look at one of England's most notorious serial killers: Graham Young.

30 review for The Teacup Poisoner: A Biography of Serial Killer Graham Young

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fleur

    I enjoyed this book as even though it was a shorter read there was enough about everything so you could really picture everything going on as you walk through the life of a serial killer who starts our while extremely young and in such a vicious way, I still can't get over him looking out the window at his step mother on the ground. Graham Young really is quiet the psychopath and serial killer who's life revolved around him and his experiments and I have no doubt there were more unknowing victim I enjoyed this book as even though it was a shorter read there was enough about everything so you could really picture everything going on as you walk through the life of a serial killer who starts our while extremely young and in such a vicious way, I still can't get over him looking out the window at his step mother on the ground. Graham Young really is quiet the psychopath and serial killer who's life revolved around him and his experiments and I have no doubt there were more unknowing victims at the time. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Benson

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. It was interesting. Young couldn't help himself in poisoning others and he liked to watch his victims. He also liked to talk about it which helped to get him caught. He only got out due to an overly optimistic psychologist. It is good that he was caught again and died in prison. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. It was interesting. Young couldn't help himself in poisoning others and he liked to watch his victims. He also liked to talk about it which helped to get him caught. He only got out due to an overly optimistic psychologist. It is good that he was caught again and died in prison.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cigarbabe

    Quick read if you want a short biography. Interesting book on an dreadful lunatic. I liked that this book got right to the heart of who and how the​ killer's mind worked. Quick read if you want a short biography. Interesting book on an dreadful lunatic. I liked that this book got right to the heart of who and how the​ killer's mind worked.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    An interesting true-crime biography of a very sick young man, although I found it more titillating than insightful or informative.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Short and meh. It isn't terribly well written and the books/publishers formatting is terrible. Why the huge print? Just shrink the print and make it a smaller book. The content - interesting although not particularly written well the actual real story of the teacup poisoner is interesting enough to keep you reading on. At the end further books and films are referenced for the reader to read further, however it doesn't appear these are well rated either. Nothing much seems to have been noted about Short and meh. It isn't terribly well written and the books/publishers formatting is terrible. Why the huge print? Just shrink the print and make it a smaller book. The content - interesting although not particularly written well the actual real story of the teacup poisoner is interesting enough to keep you reading on. At the end further books and films are referenced for the reader to read further, however it doesn't appear these are well rated either. Nothing much seems to have been noted about this killer considering the numbers he killed/maimed. Sad but true, the writer doesn't do this tale justice...and nor has anyone else it would seem.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    A somewhat short but grisly account of Graham Young's career as a poisoner. I got the feeling that we got what the author could be bothered to write and it could have been much more informative if the appropriate research had been done. Instead, we are fed the bare necessities and given endless references to other works on the subject - which, I may hope, would have been completed in greater detail. A somewhat short but grisly account of Graham Young's career as a poisoner. I got the feeling that we got what the author could be bothered to write and it could have been much more informative if the appropriate research had been done. Instead, we are fed the bare necessities and given endless references to other works on the subject - which, I may hope, would have been completed in greater detail.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monty Ashley

    Very short book about Graham Young, with a bit of badding in the form of sections about entirely different people like Crippen. I thought it was odd that the author took time out at the end to trash Winifred Young's book about Graham, when her book is much more detailed and informative than his own. Very short book about Graham Young, with a bit of badding in the form of sections about entirely different people like Crippen. I thought it was odd that the author took time out at the end to trash Winifred Young's book about Graham, when her book is much more detailed and informative than his own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jake Maddocks

    Fascinating biography about the British serial killer Graham Frederick Young. The text appears to be enlarged and spaced out to give the book some thickness.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Yaeger

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ivan Marković

  11. 5 out of 5

    Helen Lester

  12. 5 out of 5

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Duke

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Breslin

  18. 4 out of 5

    jim matthews

  19. 4 out of 5

    carey matikainen

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

  21. 5 out of 5

    saskia jakabfy

  22. 4 out of 5

    David George

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kasia

  24. 5 out of 5

    cheryl burtenshaw

  25. 4 out of 5

    Neville Avison

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marian Armstrong

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda Saue

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    Bronwen Jacobs

  29. 4 out of 5

    Danyul

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kate

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