HARTFORD, Conn. – The public notoriety of a multiple murderer justifies the release of her medical records more than 50 years after her death, a lawyer for the Freedom of Information Commission argued Wednesday before the state Supreme Court.
The case is based on a request for the medical records of Amy Archer Gilligan, a serial murderer whose story was widely-publicized and became the basis for the dark comedic film “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
Gilligan was found guilty of poisoning her husband and a resident of a nursing home she operated and was believed to have poisoned more with arsenic. Gilligan was held in a state-run psychiatric hospital from 1924 until she died in 1962.
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