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July 19, 1988
Hal Speers Rachman, a 41-year-old registered nurse, pleaded no contest Monday in Santa Monica Superior Court to charges that he attempted to murder an AIDS patient and to five counts of forgery in seeking to steal $32,000 from the man's bank and credit card accounts. Rachman, a Venice resident, is expected to be ordered to serve nine years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 1, according Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard de la Sota. Rachman was accused of calling St.
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August 2, 1988 | AMY STEVENS, Times Staff Writer
A nurse who tried to kill an AIDS patient with an overdose of insulin, then looted the man's bank accounts, was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday by a Superior Court judge in Santa Monica. Hal Speers Rachman, 41, of Venice had pleaded no contest to attempted murder charges stemming from a telephone call he made to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica in which he impersonated a doctor and ordered an insulin injection for Edward S. Lebowitz.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1988 | AMY STEVENS, Times Staff Writer
A nurse who tried to kill an AIDS patient with an overdose of insulin, then looted the man's bank accounts, was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday by a Superior Court judge in Santa Monica. Hal Speers Rachman, 41, of Venice had pleaded no contest to attempted murder charges stemming from a telephone call he made to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica in which he impersonated a doctor and ordered an insulin injection for Edward S. Lebowitz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1988
Hal Speers Rachman, a 41-year-old registered nurse, pleaded no contest Monday in Santa Monica Superior Court to charges that he attempted to murder an AIDS patient and to five counts of forgery in seeking to steal $32,000 from the man's bank and credit card accounts. Rachman, a Venice resident, is expected to be ordered to serve nine years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 1, according Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard de la Sota. Rachman was accused of calling St.
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October 16, 1986
A nurse suspected of posing as a doctor and telephoning a Santa Monica hospital with a potentially lethal prescription for an AIDS patient was ordered to stand trial for attempted murder Wednesday. Hal Speers Rachman will be arraigned in Santa Monica Superior Court next week on 17 felony counts. Charges against him include telephoning the phony prescription for Edward Lebowitz, who died Sept. 24 of complications from acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
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October 17, 1986
Santa Monica police are investigating a tip that nurse Hal Speers Rachman fraudulently used the credit cards of a number of AIDS victims in his care, in addition to allegedly trying to kill patient Edward Lebowitz last month while looting his accounts of $32,000, authorities said. The new investigation into Rachman, 39, is in a preliminary stage, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Paul Takajian, who is prosecuting the Venice man, and Santa Monica Police Detective Ray Cooper, chief investigator of the case.
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October 1, 1986 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
Attempted murder, grand theft, forgery and credit card fraud charges will be filed today against the nurse who is alleged to have called in a insulin prescription for hospitalized AIDS patient Edward Lebowitz, the district attorney's office said Tuesday. District attorney's spokesman Al Albergate said additional charges could be filed against Hal Speers Rachman, 39, of Venice. Although the coroner's office has ruled that Lebowitz, who died at a Santa Monica hospital four days after the Sept.
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September 29, 1986 | DAVE PALERMO, Times Staff Writer
An autopsy performed Sunday confirmed that the death of AIDS patient Edward Lebowitz was not caused by a potentially lethal dose of insulin allegedly prescribed by a registered nurse accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from Lebowitz. Lebowitz, 48, died Wednesday of metastic Kaposi's sarcoma, a form of cancer, and other complications of acquired immune deficiency syndrome, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office said. Lebowitz was a patient at St.
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May 4, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
Santa Monica police are investigating the deaths last year of two post-operative patients from morphine overdoses at St. John's Hospital and Health Center. Police launched an investigation last August after the Los Angeles County coroner's office ruled that both deaths were homicides. The cases were not made public until now, however, after the family of one of the patients sued the hospital for negligence. Police say they have no suspects and few leads. The two patients, a 65-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, died within 12 days of each other last year after undergoing routine back surgery at St. John's.
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September 28, 1986 | ALAN CITRON and LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writers
A registered nurse who had cared for an AIDS patient who died at a Santa Monica hospital last week is accused of posing as the man's physician to order medication that may have hastened his death, then stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the patient, police said Saturday. The suspect, Hal Speers Rachman, 39, was arrested late Friday at his Venice apartment after police traced a fraudulent purchase to him. He was being held without bail.
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October 3, 1986 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
It took awhile for some of Hal Speers Rachman's friends and associates to realize that he was the person accused of calling in a bogus prescription for a patient dying of AIDS in a Santa Monica hospital and then looting the man's credit and bank accounts. For one thing, Rachman customarily used Speers as his last name. Another version of his surname was Speers-Rachman. Relatively few of his acquaintances knew him as Rachman.
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September 30, 1986 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
The nurse accused of calling in a fake insulin prescription for hospitalized AIDS patient Edward Lebowitz and stealing tens of thousands of dollars from Lebowitz's bank and credit card accounts in the few days before the patient died apparently knew Lebowitz for only one working shift before initiating his alleged crimes, his employers said Monday.
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