December 5, 1987 |
Despite its horrible subject matter, and as macabre as it may seem, there are actually some laughs at the end of "Angel of Death," a compelling if somewhat unsatisfying documentary about America's worst serial killer, Donald Harvey (Sunday at 10 p.m. on Channel 6, 10:30 p.m. on Channel 11). In case you've misplaced your Top 5 U.S. serial killer score card, Harvey is the 35-year-old nurse who confessed last summer to killing 58 people in Kentucky and Cincinnati over 16 years.
February 13, 1988 |
Former hospital orderly Donald Harvey, who pleaded guilty last year to murdering 34 people, was indicted Friday on charges of killing three more patients and trying to kill three others. Prosecutors said Harvey already has confessed to the new charges, which involve patients at Drake Hospital, a facility for the terminally ill. Twenty-one of the murders to which he pleaded guilty last year were of Drake patients. He has been sentenced to three consecutive life terms.
November 2, 1987 |
Former nurse's aide Donald Harvey, who has confessed to killing dozens of patients at hospitals in Ohio and Kentucky, pleaded guilty today to slaying nine patients at a London hospital and was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years. His Kentucky sentence, handed down by Circuit Judge Lewis Hopper, will run concurrently with life terms he received in Ohio.
August 12, 1987 |
A hospital orderly under investigation by a grand jury and already charged with the cyanide death of one patient has told investigators that he killed as many as 33 other people, a television station reported today. WCPO-TV said Donald Harvey, 35, confessed in interviews with police detectives that he killed at least 34 people, most of them at hospitals where he worked.
August 18, 1987 |
A former nurse's aide nicknamed "Angel of Death" by unknowing fellow workers pleaded guilty today to the killings of at least 24 people, many of them patients at a county-owned hospital, and was sentenced to three consecutive life prison terms. Donald Harvey entered the guilty pleas and was sentenced the same day a special Hamilton County grand jury indicted him on 28 counts, including 23 counts of aggravated murder.
April 28, 1992 |
Even now, as he stands in the caged-in dock with his head shaven and his hideous crimes confessed, there is something innocuous about Andrei Chikatilo, something of the harmless, bespectacled schoolteacher. If he struck up a conversation with you in a suburban station, then invited you home for a quick snack before the next bus--and if you were young and bored and naive. . . . Who knows? You might go. But you would never get there.