Title

Tiny New Sweden (population 620) became infamous last year as the site of a del

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

6-1-2004

Pages

50-55, 83-85

Abstract

Tiny New Sweden (population 620) became infamous last year as the site of a deliberate mass arsenic poisoning at a church social that sickened many, killed one, and led to the suicide of suspect Daniel Bondeson of Sweden. A year after the international media frenzy, the town has settled into its old ways. Largely because of the publicity, last year's Midsommar Fest was the largest in recent memory. Everyone in New Sweden knows who Bondeson's suspected accomplice is, although there has been no indictment or arrest. Public attention has shifted to a Maine Department of Transportation plan to upgrade Route 161 and put a three-lane highway through New Sweden, a plan townspeople oppose. Arsenic victim Ralph Ostlund, an older man who doctors predicted would never walk again, went cross-country skiing last winter.

Subjects

New Sweden, Poisoning

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