“I am profoundly devastated. I have lost my wife and kids, whom I love more than anything else,” he told Emily Smith. “I fully support her decision. I didn’t stand in Georgina’s way when we discussed a separation, I encouraged her to do what was in her heart. I know she has to do what is best for the children, for herself and her business, she employs 130 people. I don’t want her or my children to be hurt any more than they already
The death Thursday of Donald Harvey has thrown a spotlight on the dozens of poisoning murders to which the former hospital orderly admitted to, almost all in the manner of what he portrayed as mercy killings and earning him the label “Angel of Death.”
Harvey, 64, died two days after he was found beaten in his cell at Toledo Correctional Institution in Toledo, Ohio, PEOPLE confirms. No assailant was identified.
He was serving four life sentences after his 1987 conviction for the murders of 25 people, most of them at Drake Hospital in Cincinnati. The “Angel of Death” tag stuck because he was often at his victims’ bedside.
But the serial killer’s true toll remains murky. His admission, and a plea deal to those killings, spared him the electric chair. Eventually, he was convicted of 36 murders in Ohio and Kentucky between 1970 and 1987.