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.
Michael Swango may have only admitted to the death of four patients, but he's suspected of poisoning up to 60 patients. He was sentenced to life in prison.
- Age: 66
- Birthplace: Tacoma, WA
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French doctor Marcel Petiot is suspected of killing 60 people. However, only 23 bodies were found in his Paris home during WWII. He was beheaded in 1946.
- Age: Dec. at 49 (1897-1946)
- Birthplace: Auxerre, France
During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Shiro Ishii experimented on humans while working with the Imperial Japanese Army. He was working on biological warfare and killed hundreds, possibly thousands of people. He received immunity for his war crimes at the end of the war.
- Age: Dec. at 67 (1892-1959)
- Birthplace: Shibayama, Japan
Linda Hazzard was responsible for the deaths of at least dozen while working as an osteopathist. Her therapeutic fasting method of medicine led to the starvation deaths of many her patients. She later died of starvation from her fasting.
- Age: 154
- Birthplace: Minnesota, USA