Serial Killers Who Were Doctors Or Nurses

List of serial killers who were doctors or Nurses. A person is supposed to be able to trust their doctor. A physician is the person you go to when you’re under the weather. While most doctors are perfectly wonderful people who only want to help sick people, some dark people are attracted to the medical profession. For some serial killers, working in a hospital is the perfect cover for their murderous ways. Since so many people already die in hospitals, many doctor serial killers use their patients as victims through poisoning or another undetectable method of murder. Due to their power position and cover, some killer doctors have racked up hundreds of victims.

While many doctor serial killers used their position to find victims, there are other doctors who killed outside of the workplace. There are various motives that most doctor serial killers have, including a need to be seen as a hero and for their own financial gain. A few doctors have used their medical curiosities as reasons to help commit genocide, such as Josef Mengele.

Which serial killers also worked as doctors? How did they use their profession to kill? This list seeks to answer those questions and more.


  • William Husel

    William Husel
    Video: YouTube

    In December 2018, Dr. William Husel was fired from the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System after allegations that he is responsible for the intentional overdose of 25 hospital patients. In June 2019, he plead not guilty to the changes and his bail was set at $1 million.

    Husel's case is one of the biggest serial offender suits against a health care professional in the US to date. He was found to have ordered "potentially fatal doses for dozens of patients over five years" though his lawyer claims he had no intention of ending anyone's life. 

    Since these patients were not in fatal condition when the treatment was ordered, they likely could have recovered had Husel not intervened. As a result, more than two dozen lawsuits have been filed against the former doctor.

    • Age: 43
    • Birthplace: USA
  • H. H. Holmes
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    Dr. H. H. Holmes is considered one of the first serial killers in American history. in the later 1800s, Holmes killed anywhere between nine and 200 people. He took his victims from the Chicago World's Fair. He was sentenced to death and executed by hanging.

    • Age: Dec. at 34 (1861-1896)
    • Birthplace: Gilmanton, NH, USA
  • Daniela Poggiali

    Daniela Poggiali
    Video: YouTube

    Italian nurse Daniela Poggiali killed as many as 38 patients because she thought they - and their visiting families - were annoying. She snapped selfies with several of the corpses after they had passed.

    Police believe Daniela Poggiali, who worked at a Lugo hospital, killed her victims with hefty doses of potassium chloride. She was arrested after an autopsy on 78-year-old Rosa Calderoni revealed dangerous levels of potassium in her body. 38 of the 86 patients she treated died within a three month period.

    • Harold Shipman
      Video: YouTube

      British doctor Harold Shipman was only charged with the deaths of 15 patients, but he is believed to have killed up to 250 people. He was sentenced to life in prison. In 2004, Shipman hung himself.  

      • Age: Dec. at 57 (1946-2004)
      • Birthplace: Nottingham, UK