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Serial Killers: Profiling Criminal Mind -- VHS 4 part A&E series Former FBI agent John Douglas walks you through-Dahmer, Gacy, Manson-- who they are, what they've done, and how they got away with it for so long. Criminal profilers analyze and dissect the motives that fuel these stalkers.


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Michael Swango, suspected of administering lethal injections to as many as 35 people, pleaded guilty to deliberately causing 4 of those deaths. Swango has admitted killing 3 men in a VA hospital on NY's Long Island and murdering a young woman with an injection of potassium while an intern at Ohio State University Hospital. He received 3 consecutive sentences of life without parole, avoiding the death penalty in the US and extradition to Zimbabwe. Swango's arrest was the result of the work of forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden. Called by prosecutors to determine the cause of death of Swango's alleged victims in the US and Zimbabwe, Dr. Baden showed these deaths were not natural.

The warning signs should have been obvious: A residency program abruptly curtailed. A criminal conviction that led to prison time. A previous employer reluctant to provide background information because of fear of being sued. But the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Sioux Falls, Iowa, in July 1992, and a year later at Stony Brook Health Sciences Center in Northport, NY, both welcomed Michael Swango to residency programs. Had they checked, either hospital would have known Swango was accused of killing several patients, and trying to kill others by injecting them with poison and as a paramedic, he was found guilty of lacing coworkers donuts with arsenic.

Blind Eye -- "Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor Get Away With Murder"

Frozen with fear -- Keneas Mzezewa dozed off for a nap but was awakened when he felt someone removing his loose pajama trousers. He lifted his head, groggy from sleep, and saw Dr. Mike with a syringe in his hand about to give him an injection.

Doctor of Death -- A press release issued by Swango's alma mater states, "If Swango (is) legally connected to all the suspicious deaths of patients under his care since he began his residency with Ohio State University's medical program in 1983, it would make him the most prolific serial killer in history." The numbers of suspected deaths differ according to various publications, but estimates range from 35-60.

Dr. Michael Swango - So obsessed that it drove him to kill. This details the life of a physician believed to have killed at least 35 people, all of them his patients and reveals excerpts from his private journal.

In Depth: Michael Swango -- photos, documents and timeline

Serial Killers 2-pack -- Former FBI agent John Douglas, the inventor of criminal profiling, leads a journey into the minds of the 20th Century's most notorious killers, including Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer.

The Unexplained: Cannibals VHS
Killers and remote tribes are covered in this program. (1999)

Serial Killers: Real Life Hannibal Lecters (2001) DVD

20th Century with Mike Wallace - Born to Kill: VHS Jeffrey Dahmer & Ted Bundy (1999)


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Perfect Poison
by M. William Phelps
In Northampton, Massachusetts, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Kristen Gilbert was a dedicated nurse so why were her patients dying? So many sudden deaths occurred colleagues called her the "Angel of Death." Gilbert's facade concealed a liar and narcissistic sociopath. She sabotaged patients to strike back at staffers. She engaged in an obsessive affair with hospital security guard, James Perrault. When her husband objected, she tried to kill him with a lethal injection. August 1995 - February 1996, helpless patients trusted a killer, her weapon a drug capable of causing fatal heart attacks. Kristen may be responsible for 40 deaths. As law closed faking suicide attempts, harassing witnesses, stalking her ex-boyfriend, and terrorizing the hospital with bomb threats.

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