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Joseph Michael Swango (born October 21, 1954) is an American serial killer and former licensed physician. It is estimated that Swango has been involved in as many as 60 fatal poisonings of patients and colleagues, though he only admitted to causing three deaths.

A License to Kill

Doctor “Double-O Swango”

Joseph Michael Swango is a serial killer who, as a trusted doctor, had easy access to his victims. Authorities believe he murdered up to 60 people and poisoned countless others, including co-workers, friends, and his wife.

Though American doctor Michael Swango appeared to be handsome and congenial in nature, signs of his inner mental instability were noticeable to colleagues even while he was attending medical school. Swango’s classmates observed that he often worked on a scrapbook containing images of horrific, bloody disasters, and they worried that some of the basic anatomical knowledge expected from a physician was sorely lacking. However, no one knew how scary Swango really was until they discovered years later that he had killed between thirty and sixty of his patients.
As an intern in 1983, Swango’s patients started quietly dying after he had been in the room with him. Though nurses alerted hospital officials at Ohio State University, their cursory investigations revealed nothing, and Swango continued to practice medicine without reproach. He moved to Illinois, taking a job as an ambulance driver because he admitted that he liked seeing the blood and gore of accidents. It was there that his co-workers again became suspicious of him. Swango began slowly poisoning his co-workers with ant poison, sending them home sick with terrible stomach pains. After a particularly bad episode involving a tainted batch of doughnuts, his co-workers set a trap for Swango by leaving him alone in a room with a pitcher of iced tea. They later had the tea tested in a lab and found that Swango had indeed put ant poison in the tea.

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Photo: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Photo: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Last remnants of the razed Mount Carmel Center burn down.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raid the Branch Davidian cult compound in Waco, Texas, prompting a gun battle. The federal agents were attempting to arrest the leader of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh, on information that the religious sect was stockpiling weapons. A nearly two-month standoff ensued after the unsuccessful raid.

Those who died here hailed from around the world. Among the dead, according to their memorial stones, were 52 Americans, 23 English citizens, four Australians, two Canadians, one Israeli and one New Zealander.

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Hands up! Who doesn’t know a waterfall is dangerous?

I’m done with facepalms for the weekend, but cop a load of this

A man is missing after he leapt 11 metres off a waterfall to save a friend who was swept away last night.

Emergency?services were called to Maruia Falls south of Murchison at about 7.20pm after reports of two men falling over the falls.

A 55-year-old man?from Christchurch was rescued and flown to hospital with spinal injuries but his friend, also from Christchurch and aged 55, is still missing.

The first of the men to get in trouble had?been swimming in a pool above the falls before being sucked down a chute and over the falls, emergency services said.

It is the second?serious incident at the falls in less than a week after a?Belgian?tourist crossed a barrier to take a photograph and lost his footing, falling four metres on Wednesday.

Concerns have been raised about the lack of warning signs about the dangers that exist in the area.

Department of Conservation (DOC) ranger Phil Crawford said signs were installed in a carparking area after the death of a man who plunged over the falls in 2011.

However, staff discovered the signs had disappeared after Wednesday’s incident.

That may be so. ?But I don’t have to stand next an LPG hose with matches in my hand going “you know, there is no sign about naked flames here, I’m sure it’s allright then”. ? Read more »