Donald Harvey was a serial killer known by the nickname “Angel of Death.” Two days after getting a beat down in prison, he died from his injuries.
The former nurse’s aide turned serial killer was beaten by another inmate in a Toledo, Ohio prison Tuesday. Two days later, he died from injuries sustained during the prison beating.
64-year-old Harvey was serving 15 life sentences in the Ohio state prison system. He’d taken a plea deal for 35 murders back in 1987. The serial killer did it to avoid getting the death penalty.
Had “The Angel of Death” lived that long, he would’ve been eligible for parole when he was in his 90s.
It’s believed that Donald Harvey killed about 87 people within an 18-year period. Authorities say he used arsenic, rat poison and cyanide to murder his victims during the killing spree.
Some of the patients he was entrusted with caring for were even suffocated to death. Harvey had purposely let their oxygen tanks run out.
He was finally caught after a medical examiner sniffed cyanide while performing an autopsy.
Harvey claimed he was trying to end his patients’ suffering as he killed patients in Cincinnati and London, Kentucky but prosecutors disagreed.
“He killed because he liked to kill,” former Ohio prosecutor Arthur Ney Jr. once said.
He said he committed his first murder when he worked at Marymount Hospital in Kentucky in 1970.
He had been in critical condition after he was found injured at the Toledo prison on Tuesday. He was beaten when an unarmed person went into his cell.