Writer seeks records of long-dead serial killer

Movie poster for the 1944 film 'Aresenic and Old Lace" (Image: Wikimedia)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A writer telling the story of a serial killer who inspired the play and 1944 movie, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” hopes the Connecticut Supreme Court will force open records related to her incarceration in a state mental hospital.

Ron Robillard, wo is writing a book about the killer, Amy Archer Gilligan, made his first request for public records in 2010 about her years in a Connecticut psychiatric hospital.

She was confined following her murder conviction for the arsenic poisoning of a resident of her nursing home and lived there from 1924 until her death in 1962.

Robillard’s request for records has moved through lower courts and heads to the state Supreme Court on Jan. 14.

A state agency has ruled that some of Gilligan’s records are off-limits to the public.

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