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The 1980s Crime Ring That Poisoned Japan's Candy And Never Got Caught

Police officers check Glico products at a supermarket in Osaka, Japan, in December 1984. (Photo: Sankei Archive/Getty Images) By now, everyone knows there's no such thing as poisoned Halloween candy. No chemically laced chewing gum. No razor blades hidden in caramel apples. Researchers have spent years debunking this urban legend, which, they say, was born from a certain strain of cultural anxiety—fear of strangers, of uncertainty, of too much sugar.
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