Medicine: The Imperfect Crime

Kenneth Barlow, a male nurse who often gave injections (including insulin) to patients in north of England hospitals, thought he had it figured out. Colleagues quoted him as saying: ''You could commit a. perfect murder with insulin. It cannot be traced." Last year Barlow, 38. had his chance. His second wife. Elizabeth, was pregnant, and neither wanted the baby. He started to give her injections of ergometrine to induce an abortion. On a May night. Elizabeth Barlow, 30, was found drowned in the bathtub.

As Barlow told it to the police, she had returned to their Bradford home at lunch time from...

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