Like so many nurses who kill sufferers, Donald acquired the nickname “the angel of loss of life” within the press as a result of his lawyer mentioned he killed out of mercy. The prosecution questioned this characterization, mentioning that he additionally killed a pair individuals exterior the hospital who weren’t affected by something, and in courtroom, when he noticed the names of all his victims, he began laughing. He’d later admit he loved the sensation of management, and of deceiving medical doctors who had been all the time performing like they had been higher than him.
At Cincinnati’s Daniel Drake Memorial Hospital the place he labored, Donald had a special however comparable nickname: “the Kiss of Demise.” That’s as a result of sufferers stored dying underneath his watch. Everybody knew it, however nobody did something about it. “Whoops, I acquired one other one as we speak,” he’d say, after which his coworkers would all giggle.
Generally, Donald suffocated sufferers with pillows. Generally, he emptied their oxygen tanks. Normally, he poisoned them by placing cyanide or arsenic of their meals; that is the true origin of all these jokes about horrible hospital meals. These murders went undetected as a result of nobody has to do a autopsy when a affected person dies in a hospital. Not in Ohio anyway, not except anybody has a particular cause to suspect foul play. Then Donald made a mistake. He murdered a motorcyclist.
When somebody dies following a motorbike crash, Ohio legislation says the coroner’s workplace should carry out an post-mortem—not out of some pro-bike/anti-bike bias however as a result of any motorized vehicle fatality doubtlessly means legal responsibility on somebody’s half. When the medical expert sliced open the abdomen, he smelled cyanide.
As any good fan of mysteries is aware of, cyanide smells like bitter almonds. However some persons are genetically incapable of smelling it, and to scent it at this degree of focus apparently required a particular mutation from the medical expert. This biker having recent poison in his abdomen months after being admitted to the hospital made zero sense with no killer on the premises, so this discovery launched an investigation, one which shortly fixated on the Kiss of Demise.
A courtroom discovered Harvey responsible in 1987. Twenty years later—earlier than he had accomplished serving even certainly one of his many consecutive life sentences—one other inmate beat him to loss of life. Apparently, this inmate (his identify was James Elliot) grew jealous as a result of Donald acquired all these tasty kosher meals.
Elliot in any other case mentioned he killed Harvey as a punishment, claiming to have lived close to some relations of Harvey’s victims, however nobody was capable of verify these particulars. Elliot’s personal mom insisted that he acted out of a way of justice. However then, even Harvey’s mom mentioned “he is nonetheless a superb boy” after her son was convicted of murdering dozens. That’s mothers for you. All the time sustaining religion of their youngsters and all the time, all the time being confirmed incorrect.