The Psych Nurse Knew.........

  1. Hi everyone,

    Did anyone out there happen to catch the "Prime Time" Investigation story with Diane Sawyer last night, re: the Louisianna Serial Killer in Baton Rouge?

    She started her own investigation with the help of author and former ME Patricia Cromwell regarding this case months ago, when it first began.

    The one thing about this story that really jumped out at me (as a wannabe nurse and soon to be nursing student) was that in the first murder of an adult woman, she was taken outside of the home, little violence against the victim - not too horribly beaten etc. and that a few weeks later a second victim, young college student, was found horribly beaten and victimized inside her condo.

    These crimes both occurred in the same county and thus they ended up at the office of the same ME and had the same police investigating the crimes. No one believed that these two crimes were perpetrated by the same man because they were quite different, different age women, one very violent the other not, one manually strangled, the other, I think, was stabbed multiple times.

    The only person who led the ME and the police to conduct further DNA testing to match the two crimes together was the ME's wife, a Psychiatric Nurse, who told her husband after viewing pictures, etc. that it was without a doubt the same man.

    Because of the conviction with which the Psych Nurse/ME's wife had in that it was the same person the ME spent the extra $900.00 (which was hard to part with because his office had such a small budget, their laboratory is literally a trailer) the ME sent DNA samples from both crimes to see if they matched, and they did.

    If it hadn't been for the Nurse looking over the autopsy reports and telling her husband that it was the same man, the DNA testing never would have been done and they wouldn't have known for quite some time that they were dealing with a serial murderer.
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   gwenith
    If you want a really good and I mean really GOOD book about serial killers and teh psychology get "Jigsaw Man" by Paul Brittain. Paul Brittain was a forensic psychologist and one of teh first profilers in Britain. he talks abot a lot os the cases he was involved in but be warned it is not an "easy" read. The cases he covers includes the "house of horrors" and the killing of little Jamie Bolger.

    It is probably one of the best books I have read dealing with the psychology of the killer.
  4. by   colleen10
    Hi Gwenith,

    Are you over in England or in the States? Have you ever read any books by John Douglas? He was/is an FBI profiler (in the US) who wrote several books on some of the crimes he was an investigator for.

    I will check out Paul Brittain.

  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse

    I'm so encouraged to read that the nurse was actually listened to and given credit for her knowledge. Wonderful!
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Jun 13, '03
  6. by   gwenith
    Colleen - I'm an Aussie. I have read some of John Douglas's books and i think the one by Paul Brittain is better but as I said it is not an easy read. He tends to write more chronologically so that several stories are intertwined. He was orignally recruited as he was a psychologist working with the criminally insane and had some background as a cop. He also worked with the victims of crime so his book is very sympathetic and even empathic towards the victims. This is partly why I say it is not an easy read and a little disturbing because you also feel for the victims especially the case of little Jamie.
  7. by   Mkue
    Patricia Cornwell-- great author