S1E32: The Ann Arbor VA Hospital Murders

Writer: Heather Sutfin

While not owned by the university directly, since being founded in 1953, the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System has had close ties to the University of Michigan, becoming part of the pipeline where many medical students would find themselves receiving hands-on experience caring for the men and women who had severed in the armed forces. It was likely the inexperience of many of the doctors and nurses on staff within the hospital, compounded with the poor health of many of the patients the hospital oversaw, that allowed an abnormally high influx of respiratory arrests and failures to go initially unnoticed in the summer of 1975. By the time the FBI became involved, over 35 patients had been afflicted and 10 had died as a result of mysterious poisonings.

Sources:

 https://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h2391.html

 http://chm.med.umich.edu/michigans-medical-history/

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_Medicine

 https://www.annarbor.va.gov/about/

 Lindenauer, S. Martin, and Oneal, Zibby. Paralyzing Summer: The True Story of the Ann Arbor V.A. Hospital Poisonings and Deaths. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN REGIONAL, 2016.

 https://www.kanopy.com/product/us-v-narciso-perez-press

 https://arxiv.org/pdf/1407.2731.pdf

 https://books.google.com/books?id=xHHuYGlS4EEC&pg=PA146&lpg=PA146&dq=betty+jakim&source=bl&ots=iXAer45MIS&sig=ACfU3U3pwyffZSZgxb9gy253w6rmStCL8A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiLvIvI_ZjhAhVuooMKHQhpDSgQ6AEwC3oECAcQAQ#v=onepage&q=betty%20jakim&f=false

 https://www.nytimes.com/1976/06/17/archives/2-nurses-are-accused-in-deaths-at-michigan-veterans-hospital-2.html

 https://annarborobserver.com/articles/va_murders_revisited_full_article.html

 http://ticklethewire.com/2011/02/03/looking-back-at-the-mysterious-murders-at-ann-arbors-veterans-hospital-what-went-right-and-what-ultimlately-went-wrong-in-the-case/

 https://aadl.org/aa_news_19770616-man_in_green_blamed_for_va_poisoning

 https://aadl.org/sites/default/files/aa_news/aa_news_19771103-lawyers_claim_va_nurses_victimized_by_grand_jury.jpg

Music Attribution:

Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I-IV

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Nine_Inch_Nails/