"Angel Of Death" Serial Killer Dead After Beating In Prison

Donald Harvey admitted to killing 37 people

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The serial killer known as the "Angel of Death" was badly beaten in prison. Donald Harvey, who was serving multiple life sentences in Toledo, Ohio for deliberately killing hospital patients, was originally said to be in critical condition (per CBS News). This afternoon, the AP  pronounced him dead.

Specific details on Harvey's injuries were not made available but a patrol report shared that he was beaten after an unnamed person went into his cell on Wednesday. 

CBS News shares that the “Angel of Death” pled guilty to 37 murders in 1987. At the time, he was a nurse’s aide at hospitals in Cincinnati and London, Kentucky. He claimed that he was a mercy killer trying to end patients’ suffering. He told CBS News in 2003 that he started killing nearly two decades before his conviction. His weapon of choice? He used morphine, cyanide, arsenic and whatever he had to kill them. 

“Most of the doctors would be so overworked,” he explained on why he was able to commit crimes for so long. “So busy, that a patient could die and the family doctor would not come in and pronounce the person dead. They’d have a resident do that. They just pronounce him dead and send him straight to his funeral home.” Harvey admitted that he felt a feeling of satisfaction, control and power through his killing.



He was finally caught after a medical examiner smelled cyanide during an autopsy on a victim. In his 2003 interview, he said that he did not have any regrets— other than being caught.


[Photo: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP]






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