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Perfect Poison: A Female Serial Killer's Deadly Medicineby M. William Phelps
Synopses & Reviews
Serial Killer On Ward C:
In Northampton, Massachusetts, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Kristen Gilbert was known as a hardworking, dedicated nurse?so why were her patients dying? So many emergencies and sudden deaths occurred while Kristen made her rounds on Ward C that her colleagues jokingly called her the "Angel of Death." Yet most people didn?t suspect the horrifying truth behind the nickname: that Gilbert?s polished facade concealed a scheming, manipulative liar and homicidal, narcissistic sociopath.
"A first-rate investigative examination." Dr. Michael Baden
"A stunner from beginning to end, Phelps renders the story expertly, with flawless research and an explosive narrative." Gregg Olsen
"In perfect harmony with the best true crime writers, Phelps unmasks the psychopath with facts, insight and journalistic leg work." Lowell Cauffiel
"Captivating, exciting, a jolt-a-minute. With his encyclopedic knowledge of police procedures, Phelps earns a deserved place among the best." Harvey Rachlin
The shocking true story of a female serial killer who abused her respected position as a nurse to administer death to her trusting patients.
The true story of a serial killer who abused her trust as a nurse to administer death to patients at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Northampton, Massachusetts. Kirsten Gilbert became known as the "Angel of Death" and was found guilty of murder and attempted murder in March 2001.
At five p.m. on February 4, 1996, a Northampton, Massachusetts, Veterans Affairs Medical Center nursing assistant looked up and saw nurse Kristen Gilbert standing by the entrance to patient Angelo Vella's room.
Gilbert was drawing a syringe, but it was unclear what she was filling the syringe with, because it appeared as though she was trying to hide what she was doing.
After the syringe was full, Gilbert entered Vella's room.
Seconds later, Vella's heart monitor alarm went off.
"Ow, it hurts . . . it burns!" Vella yelled.
When the other nurses heard Vella scream, one raced into the veteran's room and rushed to his bedside, while the others in the vicinity looked on. Gilbert, frozen in her tracks, just stood there in some sort of daze.
Vella's heart rate began to race uncontrollably — as much as 300 beats per minute. But he remained conscious.
"Mr. Vella?" a nurse asked. "Mr. Vella?"
"She did it!" Vella lashed out, pointing at Gilbert. "It started when she flushed my line..."
A moment later there was a flatline...and then...Vella's pulse stopped.
About the Author
True crime writer and investigative journalist M. William Phelps has published more than 65 articles on topics ranging from child abuse to corruption in law enforcement to politics to veterans' rights and nearly everything in between. His articles and essays have appeared in The Providence Journal, The Journal Inquirer, The Hartford Courant, The New London Day, On the Scene Magazine, The Black World Today and Daily Meditations Magazine. He is a monthly correspondent for New England Entertainment Digest in Boston, Mass., where he writes about the music business. Perfect Poison is his first book.
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