Patients began dropping like flies after eating a batch of poisoned scrambled eggs, vomiting blood and writhing on the floor in agony. Some died within minutes, others succumbed hours later, 47 people in all. Officially, there were 263 cases. Newspapers, however, reported more 400 others were sickened. Sabotage was initially suspected, what today we would call a terrorist attack. This happened in 1942, with the country engaged in World War II. Fears of sabotage were real, especially on the West Coast.