Elizabeth Wettlaufer has pleaded guilty to charges of murdering eight senior patients under her care in the nursing homes where she was employed. Wettlaufer had injected the victims with lethal doses of insulin without any medical reason and despite knowing full well what the injections could do.
“God was using me”
The former nurse had admitted that she was frustrated with her career and life’s responsibilities and that God had used her and given her the ‘red surge’ and she felt the ‘urge to kill’ when she administered the deadly injections between 2007 and 2014 in the Ontario long-term care facilities.
Wettlaufer deliberately injected James Silcox, an 84-year-old man with diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease at Caressant Care Nursing in Woodstock with insulin one night in August 2007 – causing him to die. Silcox was “often confused” and frequently made inappropriate comments at the home, according to nurses who cared for him.
“It was his time to go because of the way he acted,” she told the police.
Wettlaufer also mentioned to investigators that afterwards, she had felt, “like a pressure had been relieved from me, like pressure had been relieved from my emotions.”
Other victims during Wettlaufer’s two-and-a-half years’ employment at Caressant Care and Nursing include residents Maurice Granat, 84; Gladys Millard, 87; Helen Matheson, 95; Mary Zurawinski, 96; Helen Young, 90 and Maureen Pickering, 79.
The other and most recent death occurred at Meadow Park, a long-term care home in London, Ontario, where Wettlaufer was also an employee. The victim was Arpad Horvath, a 75-year-old man with dementia who spat, kicked and yelled at Wettlaufer on 31 August 2014 when she wanted to give him two doses of insulin.
Charged with 6 other accounts of attempted murder and aggravated assaults
Investigations into Wettlaufer began in September last year after police became aware of information she had given to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto where she was taken into. She was diagnosed with adult anti-social behaviour, major depressive disorder and mild opioid and alcohol dependence. After being released from CAMH, thus beginning her confessions to Woodstock police and also willingly appeared before a judge.
In January, six other charges were pushed against her; four charges of attempted murder with insulin injections and two aggravated assaults on the seniors under her care.
The four attempted murder victims are Wayne Hedges, 57; Michael Priddle, 63; Sandra Towler, 77; and Beverly Bertram, 68. Wettlaufer is also guilty of aggravated assault against Clotilde Adriano, 87 and Albina Demedeiros, 90.
Wettlaufer registered as a nurse in Ontario in 1995 and resigned from the Colleges of Nurses of Ontario on 30 September 2016, one day after the police investigation began. She is looking at spending her life behind bars for all the guilty charges. In Canada, convictions for first degree murder carry an automatic life sentence, with no parole eligibility for 25 years. MIMS
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