New York: A Doctor's Fatal Remedy

A Doctor's Fatal Remedy

He was, in the words of one patient, "friend and family to everyone in town." But last week Dr. John Kraai, 76, of Fairport, N.Y., a Rochester suburb, was under arrest on a charge of second-degree murder. The general practitioner was accused of carrying out a mercy killing by injecting three doses of insulin into the chest of Frederick Wagner, 81, a nursing-home resident with brain-degenerating Alzheimer's disease. Wagner was Kraai's friend as well as his patient. Monroe County Sheriff Andrew P. Meloni said that the doctor was "overwhelmed with emotion at (Wagner's) deteriorating condition." After Kraai was heard to speak...

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