Donald harvey serial killer project psych (Zachery Reedy)
By: Zachery Reedy
Donald Harvey was born in Ohio 1952 Happy child Very sociable and well-liked by other kids No indication of abnormality Described by classmates as loner and teacher’s pet from age four and for some years after, Harvey was said to be sexually abused by his uncle and a male neighbor. Dropped out of high school For unknown reasons he relocated and worked at a factory until fired
Went to Kentucky to visit ailing grandfather Nuns gave him a job at Marymount Hospital Charged for burglary and paid fine Joined the United States Air Force served for less than a year before general discharge Worked at Cardinal Hill Convalescent Hospital, Morgue Job at the V.A. Hospital , and lastly Cincinnati Drake Memorial Hospital Harvey had a male lover then Harvey had killed him for suspecting that he was cheating on Harvey
He was paranoid Also killed the first victim out of anger Afterwards he killed because it gave him a thrill Also believed that he was able to control other people’s lives to decide if they had lived or died because he had the power to control Thought that it was his right to choose if these people lived or died so he played God with them
Pulled the plug on some victims, beat with bed pans added arsenic and cyanide to orange juice injected cyanide into an intravenous tube injected cyanide into a patients buttocks Used plastic bag and wet towel over the mouth and nose to suffocate victim sprinkled rat poison in a patients dessert Disconnected oxygen tanks Used a wire hanger which he, inserted in a patients catheter
In April 1997, after the death of John Powell (Harvey’s last victim), Powell had been in a comatose for several months, but he had started to recover. So when his unexpected death came an autopsy was given. Within the autopsy the coroner had noticed the smell of cyanide. Authorities were then notified and checked if any friends or family may have done this in order to gain something which none had, so the authorities checked who all had access to the room that was Hospital staff. When they checked the short list and they learned of Harveys nickname "Angel of Death," they began to focus their investigation on Harvey. Which with the warrant the authorities had they looked in Harvey’s apartment and found a lot of incriminating evidence like jars of cyanide and arsenic, books on the occult and poisons, and a detailed description of the murders he had committed in Harvey’s diary.
Donald Harvey on the 18th of August 1987 had pled guilty to 24 counts of aggravated murder, four counts of attempted murder, and one felonious assault. Then four days later he had a 25th guilty plea On September 7, 1987 charged with committing 12 murders at Marymount Hospital pleaded guilty and added 8 life terms plus 20 years February 1988 more guilty pleas of three additional homicides and attempted murders giving him 3 terms of seven to 25 years This gave Harvey a sentence of 28 consecutive life sentences and was fined $270,000 for claiming to kill 87 people but the authorities believe he only killed 37-57 people.
Serial Killers watch others actions and follow them in order to blend in and manipulate people right into their trap. They are like actors only doing what looks normal to others but really they are psychopaths They like the position of authority
Characteristics of Organized Crime Scenes 1. Planned offense 2. Transports body 3. Body hidden 4. Controlled conversation 5. Demands submissive victim 6. Missing weapon or evidence 7. Victim is a targeted stranger 8. Personalizes victim 9. Crime scene reflects control 10. Restraints used 11. Aggressive acts done before death
Characteristics of Disorganized Crime Scenes 1. Body left at death scene 2. Spontaneous offense 3. Evidence or weapon present at scene 4. Victim or location known 5. Body left in view 6. Depersonalizes victim 7. Sexual acts after death 8. Minimal conversation 9. Minimal use of restraints 10. Crime scene sloppy 11. Sudden violence to victim
Mixed Crime Scene Shows characteristics from both the organized and disorganized crime scenes. This can indicate that there was two offenders, or that the offender had planned the crime and was interrupted while committing the crime or the offender had staged the whole scene of the crime. Atypical Crime Scene Crime Scene can not be classified by the given data. Decomposed remains fall under this type of crime scene. The police or profilers will most likely have to take other things into consideration while at these crime scenes because of the given data. Also they may look into previous crime scenes to see if they can find a match.
How the Serial Killers just act as though they are a normal people in society but in reality they are psychopaths. Also that they must be very intelligent people to be killing so many victims without even being noticed for a long time.