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Doctor Of “Deadly Intentions” Fame Arrested On Drug Charges

September 4, 1987 GMT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ A dermatologist whose attempted murder conviction was the basis of a book and a television mini-series has been arrested by FBI agents on drug charges.

Dr. Patrick G. Henry, who has been working as a physician’s assistant in Mobile after serving a 6 1/2 -year prison term for second-degree attempted murder in Arizona, was arrested Thursday. He was charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

Henry, 40, gained national attention in 1979 when he admitted to plotting to kill his ex-wife to gain custody of his son. The case was later the subject of a book, ″Deadly Intentions,″ and a television mini-series by the same name.


U.S. Attorney Jefferson Sessions asked that Henry be held without bond, and a hearing was scheduled for later today. A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 11.

In December 1977, Henry, then a senior resident in dermatology at the University of Maryland hospital in Baltimore, was stopped by airline security agents. He was carrying a .32-caliber pistol, nine bullets, a double-edged hunting knife, glue, pliers and 23 firecrackers.

Notes police found with Henry led to evidence at his 1979 trial that he tormented his wife, Christina, and plotted to murder her.