Magazine November 1, 2021, Issue

Splitsville, U.S.A.

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The talk of a “national divorce” is increasing. It’s as if people suddenly agreed we should have a constitutional convention, but it had to be held in Reno.

I’m sorry, that’s an archaic reference. No one goes to Reno for a divorce anymore. But as long as I’ve brought up a hoary trope, why not look to early-20th-century British crime dramas for a way to solve our current schism? Forget divorce. Let’s try arsenical poisoning!

Hear me out. Getting rid of a spouse through slow, secretive poisoning was the plot of innumerable stories and old radio shows. A solicitous husband on wife

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