Beethoven: Murdered! (A Very Long Time Ago)

schroeder.jpgOK, OK, it was apparently “inadvertent” poisoning. If it really happened. But a European pathologist who’s spent a long time playing with Ludwig’s hair thinks the composer’s doctor may have dosed him to his death with lead:

But Viennese forensic expert Christian Reiter claims to know more after months of painstaking work applying CSI-like methods to strands of Beethoven’s hair.
He says his analysis, published last week in the Beethoven Journal, shows that in the final months of the composer’s life, lead concentrations in his body spiked every time he was treated by his doctor, Andreas Wawruch, for fluid inside the abdomen. Those lethal doses permeated Beethoven’s ailing liver, ultimately killing him, Reiter told The Associated Press.

Anyone want to give an over/under on the amount of time before this is “ripped from the headlines” for some prime time lawyering? If Law and Order hasn’t hit its shark jump moment yet, trying the descendants of Beethoven’s physician (or a cleverly disguised Beethoven stand-in, of course) for the murder of the maestro seems like a perfect opportunity to go all the way.

Pathologist: Doctor Killed Beethoven [AP via Yahoo]

  • loudersoft

    So long as it goes to the original Law & Order or SVU and not that shitty L&O: Criminal Intent. I don’t want Vincent D’onofrio’s mouth breathing antics to ruin yet another interesting investigation.

  • Maura Johnston

    @loudersoft: What?! You are so wrong.

  • catdirt

    sorry isn’t this every person from that time in history that was treated by a doctor? im surpised he wasn’t killed by mercury- i think they used to drink it.

  • loudersoft

    @maura: he’ll always be private pyle to me.

  • spinachdip

    I blame Salieri.

  • doctaj

    this beethoven-lead-poisoning theory has been around for a number of years (i remember hearing about it in college from my musicology profs)…there’s speculation that the lead is what led to his deafness…i guess this guy’s just trying to get his little bit of the beethoven industrial complex (which i guess is better than making mozart kugelen?).