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Ian Dunn
783200.  Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:25 pm Reply with quote

I think I have come across some General Ignroance.

It appears that there is no evidence to suggest that the British gave Native Americans smallpox infected blankets to kill them.

The idea was certainly discussed however. Letters between the commanding general of British forces in North America Lord Jeffrey Amherst and Colonel Henry Bouquet (or is it Bucket?) in the late 18th century mentioned the idea, but there is no evidence to show that the plan was carried out.

Although this story is a myth, there are recent cases of people being prosecuted for giving people infectious diseases.

In 2003, father of three Mohammed Dica became the first person in 137 years to be successfully prosecuted in England and Wales for transmitting a STD. A jury at the Inner London Crown Court gave a unanimous guilty verdict on two counts of "biological" GBH on two of Dica's lovers.

In 2004, a one-legged German sex tourist named Hans-Otto Schiemann deliberately had unprotected sex with as many as 500 Thai women, giving them AIDS. He did it because he blamed the Thai women for giving him and his wife the disease. However, the police were not able to prosecute him.

Source: The A to Z of Punishment and Torture by Irene Thompson, pages 111-113.

Sadurian Mike
783204.  Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:34 pm Reply with quote


You couldn't make it up.

Ian Dunn
783256.  Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:05 pm Reply with quote

Sadurian Mike wrote:

You couldn't make it up.

No. Here is the case as reported on the BBC website.


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