Death if but by ROSES

I am participating in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge again this year. What is this mysterious blogging challenge you ask? Arlee Bird from Tossing it Out came up with this fantastic idea where bloggers post using consecutive letters of the alphabet for 26 days in April. It grew in numbers, and Arlee now has many helpers. To view other participates of the A-Z event click here.

Odd deaths happen, right? It’s sort of like being at the right place at the right wrong time. My A-Z 2016 blogging journey takes us down the road of Death by Oddity. Come join me.

R= Death if but by ROSES

In 1979 a woman received eight red roses, at her job, from her husband, in honor of their anniversary. Thereafter, the woman "collapsed at her desk". The autopsy did not point to any funny business, but instead said that it was probably an allergic reaction. Newspaper clipping here.

Hmm. I’ll not comment on the fact that it’s (almost) always the husband or ex-husband who is the first to be suspected in a wife’s death. I won’t say that. 


  1. That's one you'd want to know more about. Had he ever sent her roses before, did he know about the allergy, what about the roses was she allergic to and so on and so on?

  2. Maybe he'd had the barbs dipped in poison! Of course now I'm singing the Dead/Garcia song, 'Must've been the roses'.

  3. The only time he gave her roses? He must have known. Then again she smelled them, so she didn't know either.

  4. It is odd that her allergy did not show up before thLike you, I am suspicious of the husband.

  5. Hmmm... a pricked finger on a poison barb?

  6. Highly suspicious, I'd say. He had to know she was allergic to those flowers.

  7. That sounds like she'd have to be very allergic if it only took 8 roses.

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  8. If that was a genuine mistake on the husband's part and he really didn't know, that is really sad. Imagine how guilty he must feel

  9. You would think he would know if she were allergic?

    Yvonne V


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