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Way to Die #304
"Radioactivate-Dead"
Name of the death is a pun on "radioactivity", "deactivated" and "dead"
Radioactivate-dead
"When a spy goes bad, bad things happened. For Anatoli, he got lit up and then went lights out. Dasvidaniya, Comrade."
Date March 24, 1993
Location Los Angeles, California
Episode this death
was featured in
"Cure for the Common Death, Part II"
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"Radioactivate-Dead", Way to Die #304, is the fourth death featured in "Cure for the Common Death, Part II", which aired on December 15, 2010.

Plot

A Russian spy named Anatoli turns traitor and starts selling secrets to the U.S., clueless that his employers have been watching and photographing him the entire time. Instead of firing him, one worker disguises himself as a vendor where Anatoli went every morning. He puts a lethal dose of Polonium-210, a radioactive substance 250 times more toxic than cyanide, into Anatoli's coffee. Within 21 days (3 weeks) he died of acute radiation poisoning.

Interviewees

  • Danno Hanks - FBI Contractor
  • Dr. Vahe Ghazikhanian - Nuclear Physicist

Trivia

  • In 2006, Alexander Litvinenko, who is a former officer of the Russian State security service and later a dissident and writer, died from acute radiation syndrome after being poisoned with Polonium-210.
  • Dasvidaniya means good-bye in Russian.

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