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Medical Murders

We all know that medical professionals are trained to give exceptional care. But what about those who use their skills not to heal, but hurt? In the Parcast Original, Medical Murders, you’ll discover a disturbing diagnosis… that not every doctor wants to extend your life. Every Wednesday, meet the worst the medical community has to offer—men and women who took an oath to save lives, but instead, used their expertise to develop more sinister specialties. Join host Alastair Murden, as he examines the formative years and motives of history’s most infamous killer doctors, dissecting their medical backgrounds with expert analysis provided by practicing M.D., Dr. David Kipper. 

“Angel of Death” Beverley Allitt Pt. 1

Medical Murders

  • 360 views
  • 7 months ago
  • 48:55

In a London hospital in the 1990s, nurses tended to the patients of Ward Four unaware that there was a murderer in their midst. But a suspicious rise in fatalities revealed a harrowing truth: someone among them was killing children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

“Lambeth Poisoner” Thomas Neill Cream Pt. 2

Medical Murders

  • 260 views
  • 7 months ago
  • 58:09

Imprisoned in 1881 for poisoning a wealthy man, Cream served just ten years before he was released. He collected his share of his late father’s fortune, and set sail for England — where he earned his murderous moniker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

“Lambeth Poisoner” Thomas Neill Cream Pt. 1

Medical Murders

  • 320 views
  • 7 months ago
  • 50:05

In the late 1800s, a dashing young doctor named Thomas Neill Cream used chloroform and strychnine to murder sex workers and women seeking abortions. His crimes spread across fifteen years and two continents.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

“Stepping Hill Poisoner” Victorino Chua

Medical Murders

  • 420 views
  • 7 months ago
  • 45:14

In January 2012, Victorino Chua was arrested at his home in Stockport, England for murder. During the investigation, authorities uncovered a chilling portrait of the nurse who poisoned 22 patients, drafted by Chua himself in a letter to one of his mistresses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

“Docteur Satan” Marcel Petiot Pt. 2

Medical Murders

  • 320 views
  • 8 months ago
  • 49:06

In the 1940s, posing as part of the French Resistance, Dr. Petiot promised safe passage to anyone trying to escape Nazi-occupied France. Instead, he took their money, and killed them in his own secret torture chamber. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

“Docteur Satan” Marcel Petiot Pt. 1

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  • 380 views
  • 8 months ago
  • 50:19

One of France’s most prolific serial killers was an early 20th century doctor and statesman. Marcel Petiot grew from a troubled boy into a troublesome soldier who later obtained a medical certification. He established himself in the small town of Villeneuve-sur-Yonn — where he learned that, in the public eye, titles trump virtue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

“Killing for Corpses“ William Burke and William Hare Pt. 2

Medical Murders

  • 260 views
  • 8 months ago
  • 52:00

In 1828, Burke and Hare managed to successfully run a business selling corpses to anatomy professor Robert Knox. For nearly ten months, the duo went unnoticed — until an eye witness accused the men of murder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

“Killing for Corpses“ William Burke and William Hare Pt. 1

Medical Murders

  • 220 views
  • 8 months ago
  • 42:55

In 19th-century Edinburgh, two men on the hunt for money found a lucrative industry: grave robbing. But the infamous Burke and Hare didn’t want to dig up corpses. Instead, they delivered death to the gullible, and brought the bodies to one high-paying professor.

Alastair and Naomi’s Love Story - A Valentine’s Special

Medical Murders

  • 540 views
  • 8 months ago
  • 23:12

Parcasters, your favorite hosts are getting personal in a heart-warming special from Our Love Story. Listen here to Alastair Murden tag-team with his wife Naomi as they tell their swoon-worthy tale of falling in love. Then search “Our Love Story” to hear real-life couples — including the hosts of your favorite Parcast series — prove that true love exists. Our Love Story is a Spotify Original from Parcast. New episodes every Tuesday. Listen free on Spotify.

“Bitter Physician” Debora Green Pt. 2

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  • 780 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 52:59

The first target of Dr. Green’s vindictiveness was her husband, Mike. A month later, in October 1995, she set fire to their family home… with their three children still inside. 

“Bitter Physician” Debora Green Pt. 1

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  • 250 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 56:33

By the 1990s, the perfectionism that had driven Dr. Debora Green’s once-promising medical career had turned into disillusionment. Her bedside manner deteriorated, along with her second marriage. When her husband asked for a divorce in 1995, she decided to retaliate. 

“Jigsaw” Dr. Buck Ruxton Pt. 2

Medical Murders

  • 220 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 52:29

After committing a gruesome double-murder, Dr. Ruxton set to work covering up his foul crime. But his efforts were no match for the groundbreaking forensic investigation that ensued. 

“Jigsaw” Dr. Buck Ruxton Pt. 1

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  • 230 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 42:01

Shortly after he began practicing medicine in England, Dr. Ruxton met Isabella Kerr. The intensity between them simmered into volatility — and in 1935, after years of escalating domestic abuse, the Lancaster physician exploded in a murderous rage.

Welcome to the Family: The Kennedys

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  • 190 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 01:23

They’re a powerful political dynasty with no shortage of tragedies, scandals and controversies. Ahead of the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, revisit the most shocking moments in the Kennedy family history — from conspiracies and cover-ups to assassinations and affairs — in this Parcast limited series.  All 12 episodes are available January 19th. Listen free, only on Spotify. 

“Black Dahlia Murderer” Dr. George Hodel Pt. 2

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  • 260 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 51:08

Despite the evidence against him, Dr. Hodel was never convicted of Elizabeth Short’s murder — or any other crime he was accused of in the 1940s and beyond. The skilled physician remained free to hone his dark proclivities until his death in 1999.

“Black Dahlia Murderer” Dr. George Hodel Pt. 1

Medical Murders

  • 370 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 49:13

In 1999, a former homicide detective flipped through a photo album belonging to his late father. One face stood out above the rest: Elizabeth Short, an aspiring actress whose gruesome murder decades earlier was still unsolved — but not, perhaps, for long. 

The Lainz Angels of Death

Medical Murders

  • 430 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 38:42

The “witch” of Ward D in Austria’s Lainz General Hospital led a group of nurses’ aides on a murderous crusade in the 1980s, killing at least 20 — and possibly up to 300 — patients in their care. 

Glennon Engleman Pt. 2: “The Dentist Hitman”

Medical Murders

  • 240 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 40:33

After killing three people, Engleman was confident he could continue to outsmart the law — so he plotted a three-victim homicide that would earn him his biggest fortune yet.

Glennon Engleman Pt. 1: “The Dentist Hitman”

Medical Murders

  • 220 views
  • 11 months ago
  • 41:24

Some killers want blood, and some want glory. But more than anything, Missouri dentist Glennon Engleman wanted the hefty life insurance payout that accompanied a well-arranged murder.

William Palmer Pt. 2: “The Prince of Poisoners”

Medical Murders

  • 180 views
  • 11 months ago
  • 47:11

Drowning in debt in 1855, Dr. William Palmer used his medical knowledge to get away with life insurance fraud. In the process, he became one of the U.K.’s most notorious poisoners.