Two hundred years after his death in exile, conspiracy theories continue to circulate about how Napoleon Bonaparte accomplished his fate on the South Atlantic island of St. Helena.
The British abductors confirmed the government’s decision in an autopsy that he died on May 5, 1821, at the age of 51, from stomach cancer. But even so, many people – not just in France – were skeptical, which often led to color. Conspiracy theories.
The strongest theory in French conspiracy theories is that Napoleon was gradually poisoned either by the British or by his criminal Count Charles de Mahinolin in paying the French royalties against the emperor’s repatriation.
Scientific evidence of this was obtained in 2001 by chemical analysis on a lock of hair cut from Napoleon’s body, which contained high levels of arsenic. The following year, the poison theory was challenged by the French publication Science at Wei, which took arsenic readings from 19 hairs obtained from Napoleon in 1805, before the first defeat in 1852 and again in 1821.
All samples contained large doses of arsenic, with normal levels of arsenic ranging from just 0.8 ppm to 15 to 100 parts per million (ppm). The maximum considered safe is three ppm.
The most exciting resource for this was hair restoration. The Balding emperor may have used a product that contained high levels of arsenic, usually in the early 19th century.
Others blame abuse by most doctors for his early death. In 2004, doctors gave Napoleon an enema every day to get rid of his sick stomach and intestinal tract, according to forensic pathologist Steven Karch at the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Department.