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Donald Harvey

Mug shot of Donald Harvey.
Born April 15, 1952 (1952-04-15) (age 57)
Butler County, Ohio, U.S.
Conviction(s) Aggravated murder,
Felonious assault
Penalty Life sentence plus $270,000 in fines
Status Incarcerated in Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.
Occupation Medical orderly
Spouse Carl Hoeweler
Parents Goldie Harvey

Donald Harvey (born in Butler County, Ohio in 1952) is an American serial killer who claims to have murdered 87 people. The official estimates of the number of people he murdered range anywhere from 36 to 57 deaths. He is a self-professed "Angel of Death". Harvey is currently serving four consecutive life sentences at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Ohio. His inmate number is A-199449.


Dating as far back as the age of eighteen, Harvey had worked in and around the medical profession, beginning his career as an orderly at the Marymount Hospital in London, Kentucky. He later confessed that during the ten month period he worked at this hospital, he killed at least a dozen patients. Harvey is insistent that he killed purely out of a sense of empathy for the sufferings of those who were terminally ill. However, he has also admitted that many of the killings he committed were due to anger at the victim [1].

Harvey is notable for having kept his crimes from coming to light for over 17 years. The true extent of his crimes may never be known, since so many were undetected for so long. Harvey is also notable for having used numerous methods to kill, such as arsenic; cyanide; insulin; suffocation; miscellaneous poisons; morphine; turning off ventilators; administration of fluid tainted with hepatitis B and/or HIV (which resulted in a hepatitis infection, but no HIV infection, and illness rather than death); insertion of a coat hanger into a catheter, causing an abdominal puncture and subsequent peritonitis. Cyanide and arsenic were his favorite methods, with Harvey administering them via food, injection, or IV.

The majority of Harvey's crimes took place at the Marymount Hospital in London, Kentucky, the Cincinnati V.A. Medical Hospital, and Cincinnati's Drake Memorial Hospital. While working there, Harvey acquired the nickname "The Angel of Death," as it was noted that he was present around a number of patients who later died.


  1. ^ Interview on Mindhunter, MSNBC, November 30, 2008

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