The murderous nurse Lucy Letby adds her name to a dismal line of medical personnel who have abused their authority to hurt the defenseless individuals they were entrusted to look after.
Harold Shipman, dubbed “Doctor Death” by the media, was one of Britain’s most active serial killers and is believed to have killed hundreds of victims.
After earning the trust of senior citizens in Greater Manchester, Shipman began to focus on them.
He managed to avoid capture throughout the 1990s until he was found guilty of 15 counts of murder in 2000 thanks to his method of injecting his victims with a lethal amount of medications and claiming they died of natural causes.
After one of his patients, an 81-year-old woman, was found dead in her home just hours after Shipman visited her in 1998, he started to draw suspicion.
An official investigation found that Shipman’s crimes were significantly more extensive than previously believed, and it estimated that he had killed 250 people.
This was after Shipman committed suicide in prison in 2004.
Beverley Allitt is presently serving 13 life sentences—one for each kid she murdered or attempted to murder as a paediatric nurse in the 1990s—in a case that has unsettling similarities to Letby’s atrocities.
Between February and April 1991, in Grantham and Kesteven Hospital in Lincolnshire, 13 kids with minor injuries were attacked by Allitt, who also gave several of them deadly insulin injections.
Four of them were killed by her in the end.
Liam Taylor, the youngest, was just seven weeks old.
Staff became suspicious of the frequency of cardiac arrests on the children’s ward after the death of her fourth victim, 15-month-old Claire Peck, and police launched an investigation.
In 1993, Allitt was convicted guilty of four charges of murder, three counts of attempted murder, and six more counts of severe bodily harm when it was determined that she was the sole nurse on duty during the medical episodes.
in the age of 54, Allitt is incarcerated in Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire.
Another nurse found guilty of killing victims was Glasgow’s “Angel of Death” Colin Norris.
In 2008, Norris—also known as the “Angel of Death”—was convicted guilty of killing four women and trying to kill a fifth by injecting them with insulin.
He worked as a nurse in Leeds in 2002, and the five women who passed away were elderly inpatients on orthopaedic wards: Ethel Hall, Bridget Bourke, Doris Ludlam, and Irene Crookes, as well as Vera Wilby.
He was charged with administering fatal doses of insulin to his victims.
Norris, who is now 47, is incarcerated at HMP Frankland for 30 years.
In 2021, he was successful in having the Criminal Cases Review Commission send all five of his convictions to the Court of Appeal after the commission determined there was a “real possibility” they might not be safe in light of further expert testimony.
Father-of-twoVictorino Chua, a nurse at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, was convicted of killing and poisoning patients there.
In 2015, he received a minimum 35-year sentence.
Chua, now 57, attempted to kill Arnold Lancaster, 71, and killed Tracey Arden, 44, and Derek Weaver, 83, by injecting insulin into saline bags and ampoules.
Lynda Bleasdale, Mr. Weaver’s sister, described Chua as a “evil and diabolical” guy who “enjoyed watching people suffer” after Chua was given his sentence at Manchester Crown Court.