Joseph Dewey Akin
Joseph Dewey Akin worked in the North Fulton Regional Hospital in Atlanta in 1990 before moving to Cooper Green Hospital, Alabama in 1991. While working in Alabama, 32-year-old paraplegic Robert J. Price died as a result of a Lidocaine overdose administered by Akin. Lidocaine is a drug used to regulate a patient’s heart rate, and Akin claimed that he was attempting to resuscitate the man.
Akin’s coworkers noticed that the number of emergency situations increased when he was around, and police believed that he got a thrill out of the excitement of a dangerous situation. Akin was convicted of one murder and given a life sentence, but he is strongly suspected to have played a part in at least 16 other deaths.