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Joseph Michael Swango (born October 21, 1954), also known under the aliases David J. Adams, Michael Kirk, Jack Kirk, and Michael Swan, as well as the press nickname Dr. Death, is an American physician and an admitted serial killer. Swango is estimated to have been involved in as many as 60 fatal poisonings of patients and colleagues, though he admitted to causing only four deaths. He was sentenced in 2000 to three consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole, and is serving his sentence at the ADX Florence supermax prison near Florence, Colorado.
Swango was later arrested and indicted on charges of murder and aggravated assault and poisoning. Noted lawyer Gloria Allred defended him and helped exonerate him at trial. Swango was initially found guilty and sentenced to life in prison, but the charges were dropped after the prosecution was unable to counter evidence of Swango's innocence presented by Allred. A sociopathic physician who poisoned colleagues and killed an unknown number of patients—possibly dozens; Swango initially went undetected because his superiors did not check his background or thoroughly investigte charges mounting against him; he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2000 for the murder of 3 patients in New York and one in Ohio.
Michael Swango is an American serial killer and a former physician who is serving three consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole at the ADX Florence supermax prison near Florence, Colorado. Since he the age of three, he had become fascinated with stories about violent deaths. He later became obsessed with the Holocaust, with particular interest in vivid images of the death camps. He even maintained several scrapbooks with articles and pictures on ghastly disasters and crime scenes. While at Quincy University, he developed an obsessive interest in poisons while doing a thesis on the bizarre poisoning death of Bulgarian writer Georgi Markov. Throughout his life, he has served in a number of medical facilities, often being fired for his involvement in mysterious deaths. He usually administered high doses of dangerous drugs to his patients and poisoned his co-workers and acquaintances. The book ‘Blind Eye’ by James B. Stewart estimated 35 deaths caused by Michael Swango, while the FBI believes that he is responsible for about 60 deaths, making him one of the most dangerous serial killers in American history. (Source: www.thefamouspeople.com)
Michael Swango was a straight-A student with a promising future. Through medical school, he worked part-time as a paramedic before completing stints in neurosurgery, emergency medicine, and psychiatry. But no matter where he went, strange things just seemed to follow him around. Colleagues got sick, patients died or came close, and it seemed like no one would stop him. (Source: crimejunkiepodcast.com)