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Angel of Death: Beverly Allitt

31st May 2006

The infamous case of nurse Beverley Allitt was one of the first to highlight the vulnerability of those in hospital. The drama-documentary examined how she came to murder so many of Grantham hospital’s youngest patients, and asks what has been learnt since her conviction in 1993.

The personality disorder, Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy, was first thrust into the headlines in the early 1990s by child killer Beverley Allitt. Allitt murdered four children and injured nine others while working as a nurse at Grantham Hospital.

Dubbed the "Angel of Death," she was driven by a deep psychological need to gain attention by being involved in the youngsters' medical care. Allitt's case shook public confidence. She is now serving 13 life sentences at the top-security prison hospital Rampton in Nottinghamshire

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