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Real Life Hannibal Lector

The Real-Life Hannibal Lecter Was a Scary Dude, Too

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 books 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.

Jack the Ripper

The Doctor Is Cleared: Jack the Ripper Reportedly Identified

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 wasnt a doctor, but a 23-year-old Polish immigrant named Aaron Kosminski.

Ana Marie Gonzalez-Angulo

Texas Oncologist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Poisoning Lover’s Coffee

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, its a wonder why Gonzalez-Angulo would risk giving all that up by attempting to kill someone.

Joan Rivers Dead at 81 as Rumors Swirl of Botched Surgery

Joan Rivers family is reportedly considering suing the Manhattan surgical center where she underwent the throat surgery that led to her death on September 4, 2014. The beloved actress and comedian stopped breathing and went into cardiac and respiratory arrest during a vocal cord procedure on August 28 at Yorkville Endoscopy. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was placed into a medically induced coma and put on life support as her condition deteriorated. Rumors are now swirling that the procedure at Yorkville, which was supposed to be routine, was botched.

Dr. Jayant Patel

This Surgeon Spent His Entire Career as a Defendant in Court

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.

Despicable Doctors in Film

Not-so-Nice Fictional Doctors

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 Shellys birthday (August 30, 1797), whose most famous novel, Frankenstein, has been turned into many major motion pictures, wed like to take a quick look at some of the most dangerous doctors in the history of film.

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