Serial Killer “Angel Of Death” Male Nurse, Orville Lynn Majors, Dies In Prison

Orville Lynn Majors [Indiana Department of Corrections]

MICHIGAN CITY, IN — Indiana serial killer Orville Lynn Majors, the former male nurse who was found guilty in 1999 of murdering six hospital patients, has died.

The 56-year-old native of Linton was serving a 360-year sentence for the six murder convictions, according to the Indiana Department of Correction.

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Indiana State Prison correctional officers were assisting with a medical pass for Majors Sunday afternoon when he became unresponsive.

Staff performed CPR and applied a defibrillator, but he was later pronounced dead at Franciscan Health Hospital in Michigan City.

An autopsy conducted Monday determined that he died of natural causes related to a heart condition, according to the release.

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Majors was a licensed practical nurse when he murdered patients at the former Vermillion County Hospital by injecting them with heart-stopping potassium chloride — earning him the nickname “The Angel of Death.”

Though he was convicted of six murders, authorities believe that he may be responsible for more than 100 deaths. Investigators have made a list of more than 150 suspicious deaths at the hospital, and exhumed over a dozen bodies during a multi-year investigation.

While Majors was a nurse, an investigation by a nursing supervisor showed that an ICU patient died every 23 hours when Majors was working, compared with every 552 hours when he was not on duty.

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In March 1995, he was suspended. In December 1995, a state board found that, among other abuses, Majors was giving unauthorized injections, and suspended his nursing license indefinitely.

Majors’ earliest projected release date was listed as July 1, 2177.

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Main photo: Orville Lynn Majors [Indiana Department of Corrections]