'Angel of Death' serial killer dies after attack in prison

He pleaded guilty to 37 murders, most of which were believed to be chronically ill patients.

Donald Harvey, 64, died at around 9 a.m. ET at a local hospital from injuries suffered after an unidentified inmate at the Toledo Correctional Institution attacked him in his cell two days earlier, according to JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, and an Ohio State Highway Patrol incident report.

A serial killer known as the "Angel of Death" has been severely beaten in prison, according to officials.

A serial killer known as the "Angel of Death" after he admitted killing three dozen hospital patients in OH and Kentucky during the 1970s and '80s was beaten in his cell and is in critical condition, state authorities said Wednesday.

But numerous killings involved his two favorite poisons, arsenic and cyanide, which he would administer in food, using injections, or through an IV. He was beaten when an unarmed person went into his cell. Harvey said he did so to stop patients' suffering.

He agreed to a plea deal that allowed him to avoid the death penalty and was serving multiple life sentences. Others died when he let their oxygen tanks run out. He later claimed he was responsible for killing 18 people while working at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cincinnati.

A prosecutor in OH who handled a case in the 1980s against a serial killer known as the "Angel of Death" says he has no compassion for him after he died following a prison beating.

Harvey was a former nursing aide and autopsy worker who was employed at hospitals near Cincinnati.

"He killed because he liked to kill", Mr Ney said.

  • Larry Hoffman