Goren and Eames suspect a nurse of poisoning several hospital patients with cyanide.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Deakins
Ron Carver
Susan Bruce ...
Colleen Braxton
Anne O'Sullivan ...
Ms. O'Brien
NYPD Crisis Command Inspector
Goren's Tree-Hugger Friend
Loretta Marlon
Amanda Juno
Mrs. Berkowitz
Derrick Alton


When a mysterious "angel of death" poisons a series of hospital victims with cyanide, Detectives Goren and Eames suspect a nurse who fits the typical profile - but when others fall dead outside the care facility, the investigators must widen their search. Even when the cops discover the source to be tainted, over-the-counter painkillers, the victims continue to pile up, and they can't gain any traction with their case until they find a motive -- or at least a source of the killer substance. Written by Anonymous

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11 November 2001 (USA)  »

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Although they want to distance themselves from any real life events, the plot of this episode is very close to the case of Stella Nickell who did almost the exact same thing in order to kill her husband Bruce Nickell. See more »


Detective Robert Goren: [to DA Carver] Don't you have the grand jury eating out of your hand? I bet you could indict that clock.
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References Law & Order (1990) See more »

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Capturng 'The Angel Of Death'
7 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Three people have died recently a local hospital. What's usual about it is that all three patients were not in serious condition. How could this happen? In the introduction, we, the viewers are presented with two suspects, because obviously something isn't kosher here. One is a nurse and the other is a visitor of a patient, who is in the bed next to the latest victim. The nurse looks a little wacky, a poor nerdy woman who has no social life; the other is woman immediately portrayed as some selfish, mean person. Is one of these two responsible for these three deaths? (Yup!)

Within 12 minutes, Det. Goren has it figured out that the suspect that looks like the sure killer, is not. His bosses aren't convinced Goren is corrupt in his assumption, so the detective has to get busy and find the real murderer and - worse- stop a potential terrorist-type situation because the killer is spiking aspirin at a nearby drugstore with cyanide (the cause of these deaths) and more people are starting to die.

This a good episode. It was enjoyable to see D'Onofrio ("Goren") figure it out and nab this disgusting woman - labeled "The Angel Of Death" early on in the show - who was, indeed, an extremely cold and selfish person..

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