Monday, December 29, 2014

Connecticut journalist fighting for records of arsenic killer





By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo

In one of the state’s most notorious serial murder cases, Windsor nursing home owner Amy Archer Gilligan poisoned multiple elderly residents in her care, reportedly motivated by greed.
After she was caught and convicted of second-degree murder for the arsenic poisoning of a resident in her nursing home, Gilligan wound up spending the rest of her life at a mental health facility, what is now Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, until her death in 1962. Gilligan was the inspiration for the movie and play "Arsenic and Old Lace."
An author and semi-retired journalist, Ron Robillard of East Hartford, has been researching her story and is writing a book about her – and his quest to get documents on the infamous murderer is taking him to the state Supreme Court in January.

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