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Alleged Mercy Killer Loses License

May 8, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A state oversight board on Thursday revoked the respiratory care license of a hospital worker who claimed to have committed up to 50 mercy killings _ only to later recant the confession.

Efren Saldivar failed to contest the revocation by the seven-member Respiratory Care Board, said Bob Brown, Department of Consumer Affairs spokesman.

The action bars Saldivar, 28, from working as a therapist in California for three years. While Saldivar can then reapply for a state license, Brown said, ``given the circumstances here, I would think that would be very difficult.″

The board suspended Saldivar’s license March 13 after learning Glendale police were investigating his claim of suffocating or drugging 40 to 50 terminally ill patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

He was not arrested because police said they lacked evidence. Hospital and police continue investigating Saldivar’s claims, although he said in television interviews that he lied about killing patients because he was depressed, suicidal and wanted to be sent to death row.

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