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.
Eye -- "Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor
Get Away With Murder"
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.
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
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
In Depth: Michael Swango -- photos, documents and timeline