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Phenol was discovered in 1834 by Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge.... Injections of phenol were used as a means of individual execution by the Nazis during the Second World War. It was originally used by the Nazis in 1939 as part of Action T4.

Thus saith Wikipedia.

Was this the first known use of phenol to purposefully execute individuals? I am not only asking about its use as an official means of execution, but about anybody who purposefully used phenol to execute an individual, whether sanctioned by a government or not.

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Luke, why don't ask to him, that is, to whom used phenol to execute persons? –  user2237 Jul 8 '13 at 20:06
I'm sorry, I can't quite understand what you're asking. Are you asking why I don't ask the first person to execute someone with phenol? A.) I don't know who that is and B.) chances are he/she's dead by now. –  American Luke Jul 8 '13 at 20:08
Luke, have you thought that s/he might have brought the secret to his grave, so no one is able to answer to the question? –  user2237 Jul 8 '13 at 20:15
That's why I said known. As in recorded. –  American Luke Jul 8 '13 at 20:23
Ah, I see. Then I will vote closing as a not real question. –  user2237 Jul 8 '13 at 20:27

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