Features Despicable Doctors
Walter Freeman: The Father of the Lobotomy
May 21, 2015
Walter Freeman is known in history as the father of the lobotomy, an infamous procedure that involved hammering an ice pick-like instrument into a patient’s brain through their eye sockets. The horrifying procedure often left patients in a vegetative state and is responsible for an estimated 490 deaths.
Multimillionaire Cross-Dressing Dermatologist Shoots Wife Dead With .22-Caliber Bullet to Her Chest
December 09, 2014
Dermatologist Richard Sharpe turned out to be a sharp-shooter, ending his wife Karen’s life with a rifle shot, a bull’s eye—sinking lead deep into her chest.
Doctor Hires Hit Man to Kill Another Doctor
November 12, 2014
In July 2012, a pathologist was found shot and stabbed to death in his Lubbock, TX home, the result of a murder-for-hire plot perpetrated by a plastic surgeon whose evil motive can be traced to 1 of the 7 deadly sins: envy.
Dr. Josef Mengele: The Cruelest Nazi Doctor of the Holocaust
November 03, 2014
One of the most atrocious eras in human history is without a doubt the Holocaust. About 11 million people, including approximately 6 million Jews, are estimated to have been slaughtered at the hands of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.
The Real-Life Hannibal Lecter Was a Scary Dude, Too
October 14, 2014
Thomas Harris is an American author best known for a series of suspense novels that showcased one of the most despicable fictional doctors ever. His second novel, Red Dragon, published in 1981, introduced his most infamous character, the cannibalistic killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The book’s sequel, The Silence of the Lambs, was published in 1988, and the story was made into a major motion picture starring Anthony Hopkins as the dreadful Dr. Lecter, catapulting the murderous evil character into superstardom.
The Doctor Is Cleared: Jack the Ripper Reportedly Identified
September 23, 2014
Jack the Ripper is the most notorious of all serial killers. There have been more books written and more movies made about him than any other murderer in history. The case of the infamous criminal has fascinated people for more than a century, and most intriguing of all is the fact that no person was ever charged with the crimes. Suspects have run the gamut, from barbers, lawyers, and famous authors, to even doctors. However, Jack the Ripper may have finally been identified, according to a UK businessman who privately funded an investigation into the 19th century case, and it turns out the killer wasn’t a doctor, but a 23-year-old Polish immigrant named Aaron Kosminski.
Texas Oncologist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Poisoning Lover’s Coffee
September 09, 2014
Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo seemed to be at the peak of her career. As a tenured associate professor at the University of Texas, she specialized in breast cancer and was chief of clinical research and drug development at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her research has been funded by big-name players in the field, including the National Cancer Institute, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and Komen for the Cure. She was also chair of the Endocrine Resistance Working Group, and a member of the Correlative Sciences Working Group for the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium, the Breast Cancer Committee of SWOG, and the BIG-NABG Triple Negative Working Group. With such sparkling success, it’s a wonder why Gonzalez-Angulo would risk giving all that up by attempting to kill someone.
This Surgeon Spent His Entire Career as a Defendant in Court
August 12, 2014
Almost as soon as Dr. Jayant Patel's medical career began, colleagues questioned his surgical skills. Complaints of gross incompetence and negligence ignited inquiries from medical authorities, causing Dr. Patel's license to be restricted in the state of Oregon in 2000. He then moved to New York, where after a short time, medical authorities pressured him to surrender his medical license in that state for reasons of professional incompetence in 2001.
Not-so-Nice Fictional Doctors
July 22, 2014
This column usually deals with real-life doctors who broke their oaths, committed despicable crimes, and almost always ended up in prison to pay for their transgressions. But in honor of author Mary Shelly’s birthday (August 30, 1797), whose most famous novel, Frankenstein, has been turned into many major motion pictures, we’d like to take a quick look at some of the most dangerous doctors in the history of film.