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Swango was raised in Quincy, Illinois and graduated as
valedictorian in 1972.
He served in the Marine Corps, receiving an honorable
discharge in 1980. He then attended Quincy College and
later Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
While Swango was in SIU he began showing signs of his
problem. Although being quite intelligent he was seen as
lazy, preferring to work as an ambulance attendant rather
than concentrate on his studies. Even at that young age,
he had a noticeable fascination with dying patients.
Although not seen at the time, many patients on which
Swango was assigned to do checkups ended up dieing or
suffering life-threatening emergencies. At least five of
After schooling Swango was able to get a job at Ohio
State University Medical Center. It was here that he has
seen injecting poison into a patient that then became
tragically ill. Swango would be cleared of these charges.
After a series of being fired for attempts on peoples lives
he found a job in Virginia. This is where he met his wife
Kristin years later would divorce Swango. She had been
having consistent headaches while with Swango that
would go away after she left him. She would also commit
suicide because of heart ache over not being able to be
with Swango. Traces of arsenic would be found in her
body after her death.
Adult life (continued)
In 1991, Swango legally changed his name to Daniel J.
Adams and tried to apply for a residency program at
Ohio Valley Medical Center.
Swango got a job at psychiatric residency program at the
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of
Medicine. Many of his patients then began to pass away
and suspicions began to rise. Before he resigned, Cohen
sent a warning about Swango to all 125 medical schools
and all 1,000 teaching hospitals across the nation—
effectively blackballing Swango from getting a medical
residency in the United States.
Motive for killings
Swango enjoyed seeing people die. His attacks were
not rage induced or because of fear. He simply
enjoyed seeing people beginning to waste away.
Methods for killing
Swango used a variety of methods for killing.
poison into drinks
Injecting poison into patients
Overdosing medications to patients
Patients or coworkers at places he worked
No specific rules to the type of person
How he was caught
On multiple occasions Swango was seen in the act of
Where is he now?
Swango now has been sentenced to life
imprisonment without the possibility of parole in
New York as of September 6, 2000, and Sentenced to
life in prison, with a chance of parole after 20 years,
in Ohio as of October 18, 2000.
Serial killers are so hard to spot because they are just
In many cases abuse and broken homes can
contribute to the development of a serial killer.
Swango would just put arsenic in the drinks of kis