Records Of ‘Arsenic And Old Lace’ Killer To Remain Secret – Hartford Courant

By David Altimari

HARTFORD — Nearly 200 pages of documents related to the medical and psychiatric treatment of notorious killer Amy Archer-Gilligan, the woman who became the subject of the play and movie “Arsenic and Old Lace,” will remain sealed after the state Supreme Court ruled Monday that they are not public records.

Archer-Gilligan died in state custody in 1962 at what is now known as Connecticut Valley Hospital, where she was sentenced to live after a Superior Court judge ruled her criminally insane in 1924. Archer-Gilligan, who ran a Windsor home for the elderly, was accused of murdering residents.

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The state Freedom of Information Commission had previously ruled that some of Archer-Gilligan’s medical and dental records from the 38 years she spent at CVH, should be released. [Read More]