The Law: Long Count to a Guilty Verdict

The strange events sent a chill through the sprawling Veterans Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. Within a six-week period in the summer of 1975, 27 patients, many of them in the intensive-care unit, suffered mysterious breathing failures. Several were stricken more than once, and eleven of the patients died (TIME, March 22, 1976). After an investigation by the FBI. two young Filipino nurses who worked in that section of the hospital were arrested. They were charged with dosing some of the stricken patients with the muscle relaxant Pavulon, which is a synthetic version of curare, the lethal plant extract...

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