Carer-Assisted Serial Killing

Murder of patients in hospitals and nursing homes is a serious and escalating problem.  This is C.A.S.K. — not short for casket, but…

The poisoning and murdering activities of UK Dr William PALMER (1824-1856), also known as the “Rugeley Poisoner”, a century and half later other serial killers carried on the misdeeds such as —

Doctors —

Harry Richard BAILEY (Pennant Hills, New South Wales, Australia)

Harold Frederick SHIPMAN (Manchester, UK)

Joseph Michael SWANGO aka Daniel J Adams, Michael Kirk, Jack Kirk, Michael Swan (Ohio, Illinois, South Dakota, New York, USA)

Jayant PATEL (Oregon, USA and Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia)

Frederic PÉCHIER (Besançon, France)

Christopher DUNTSCH (Memphis TN, Dallas TX, USA)

Virginia Helena Soares DE SOUZA (Curitiba, Brazil)

George Milton BLATTI (Long Island NY, USA); and

mass murdering psychiatrist politician Radovan KARADŽIĆ aka the “Butcher of Bosnia” (Srebrenica)

Nurses —

Arnfinn NESSET (Orkdal, Norway)

Genene Anne JONES (Texas, USA)

Charles Edmund CULLEN (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, USA)

Kristen Heather GILBERT née Strickland (Massachusetts, USA)

Beverley ALLITT (Lincolnshire, UK)

Orville Lynn MAJORS (Indiana, USA)

Edson Isidoro GUIMARÃES (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Lucia Isabella Quirina DE BERK (The Hague, Netherlands)

Ariel VOMERO and Marcelo PEREIRA (Montevideo, Uruguay)

Roger Kingsley DEAN (Quakers Hill, NSW, Australia)

Victorino CHUA (Greater Manchester, UK)

Daniela POGGIALI (Lugo, Italy)

Megan Jean HAINES (Ballina, NSW, Australia)

Niels HÖGEL (Oldenburg, Germany)

Garry Steven DAVIS (Newcastle, NSW, Australia)

Elizabeth Tracy Mae WETTLAUFER née Parker (Ontario, Canada)

Lucy LETBY (Cheshire, England)

William George DAVIS (Tyler, Texas, USA); and


Others —

Hospital orderly:  Donald HARVEY (Kentucky, USA)

Respiratory therapist:  Efren SALDIVAR (California, USA)

Cardiac catheterization lab technician:  David KWIATKOWSKI (Pennsylvania, Arizona, Maryland, Kansas, Michigan, Georgia, New Hampshire, USA) —

it is clear that medical murder is to remain a problem in future.


Caring to Death: A Discursive Analysis of Nurses who Murder Patients by John Field

John Field, Discipline of Nursing, The University of Adelaide, October, 2007

Field concludes his paper with a question that needs to be asked, but more importantly, a question that needs to be answered:

How many nurses are getting away with murder?