Donald Harvey, a now 64-year old hospital aide, made headlines in the 70’s and 80’s after he was caught killing dozens of victims in the hospital, had died in prison two days after authorities found him beaten severely in his prison cell after being attacked by the other prisoners.
He was in state prison in Toledo at the time. He has been in jail for several decades, so authorities are no longer sure what motivated the current attack. They did have a suspect who was held for the murder, but they are not releasing details.
Reports said Harvey’s murders were not just confined to hospitals, but that Harvey had attempted to murder his partner after he suspected his partner was cheating on him, as well as several family members.
The Daily Mail states:
But many of the killings involved his two favorite poisons, arsenic and cyanide, which he would administer in food, using injections, or through an IV.
Harvey had suffered sexual abuse at the hands of his uncle and a neighbor between the ages of four and 20, and was raped by his male roommate in 1970, when he was 18.
He also became fascinated by witchcraft and neo-Nazi groups as he grew older.
His first kill came on May 30, 1970 when he killed 88-year-old Logan Evans with a sheet of plastic and a pillow, and listened to his heart with a stethoscope as he died.
The following day he accidentally killed James Tyree, 69, when he used the wrong size catheter on him.
His third victim, claimed on June 22, was also the first of a series of ‘mercy killings’. He said Elizabeth Wyatt, 42, had been praying to die so he turned down her oxygen supply until she died.
His victims were claimed while he was at Marymount Hospital in London, Kentucky; the Cincinnati VA Medical Hospital; and Cincinnati’s Drake Memorial Hospital.
But his murders weren’t restricted to hospitals, a Radford University psychology report said.
When he suspected his lover, Carl Hoeweler, had been cheating on him, he dosed him with arsenic so he would be too ill to leave their apartment.
Hoeweler didn’t die, but his father and brother-in-law were less lucky.
Harvey poisoned Carl Hoeweler, 82, with arsenic, while brother-in-law Howard Vetter died after Harvey accidentally served him wood alcohol instead of vodka; both died in 1983.
Between 1983 and 1985, Harvey also killed neighbors Helen Metzger, 63, and Edward Wilson, 32, with arsenic because he felt they threatened his relationship with Hoeweler.
After being caught, he agreed to a plea deal that allowed him to avoid the death penalty and was serving 15 life sentences.
He would have been eligible for parole in 2043 at 91 years old.