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Napoleon bonaparte's Mysterious Death

Approximately six months prior to Napoleon Bonaparte's death on St. Helena Island in 1821, he experienced a rash of over 30 peculiar symptoms. After a ......... his doctor concluded death was due to stomach cancer.
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The final diagnosis of his death would not have been questioned further, if it had not been his ......... of giving locks of his hair as gifts.
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Moving forward, in 1955 a Swedish scientist read the journals of Napoleon's valet, Marchand and saw an ......... Why had Napoleon become fat, when it was common knowledge that cancer emaciates its victims?
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The scientist concluded that Bonaparte's cause of death was ......... Now he had to find a way to prove his theory.
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In order to prove his suspicions, the scientist collected carefully saved locks of Bonaparte's hair. His ......... would astound the world.
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Marchand had kept not only a lock of Napoleon Bonaparte's hair, but also an ......... record of the Emperor's last six months preceding his death.
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Scientists were ......... at the results which showed Bonaparte must have swallowed a great deal of arsenic over a six month period. The validity of the test was 100 per cent accurate due to using 140 samples of his hair.
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Further support for the test results was found in civic records recorded on October 15, 1840 when Napoleon's coffin was opened before sending it to France for a state funeral. Nineteen years after his death, the body was seen to be in perfect condition, even though it had never been ..........
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Scientists realized that the presence of arsenic in the body would have delayed the body's decay. Although, ......... the evidence against the most likely suspect was a courtier, Count Charles Montholon who Bonaparte dismissed from a diplomatic job.
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The exile and murder of Napoleon Bonaparte was a pathetic end to a man whose life was filled with epoch-making achievements. Just a short ten years before, he ......... many lands and vowed to rule the world.
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