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Suicide weapons, easily concealable and
quickly lethal, were developed as a last 
resort should capture become inevitable. 
Fast-acting poisons that killed within 
seconds could be delivered in the form
of a capsule, a glass ampule full of 
liquid poison, or a poison-tipped pin. 
Suicide weapons are a less-than-perfect 
defense and are only as effective as the 
resolve of the operative; at the show 
trial of downed U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers, his poison pin was
on display, debunking the U.S. claim that his was a weather flight.