Former nurse accused of killing 8 elderly patients


A Woodstock-based nurse has been charged with eight counts of first degree murder in a series of death investigation at care homes, dating back almost half a decade.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said Wednesday that Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer, a nurse from Woodstock, Ontario, made comments to staff at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Police were first alerted to the alleged murders of eight nursing home patients in Woodstock and London after the nurse accused in the case had a discussion with someone at a Toronto psychiatric facility where she was being treated, sources told CTV Toronto.

Documents filed at the Woodstock courthouse reveal that on October 6, Wettlaufer was made the subject of a court-ordered peace bond, on the basis of police concerns that she would commit "a serious personal injury offence". Wettlaufer was arrested on Monday and appeared in an Woodstock courthouse on Tuesday where she was remanded into custody.

A Canadian nurse is facing first-degree murder charges in the deaths of eight assisted-living facility residents from 2007 to 2014, according to Canadian authorities.

As she walked by the nursing home, another resident, Stacey Adams, said she struggled to make sense of the deaths.

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"All I can offer there is there are obviously a number of drugs that are stored and available in long-term care facilities".

Wettlaufer left the home's employ two and a half years ago, spokesman Lee Griffi said in a statement.

The alleged victims were given a drug, but police would not give specifics at a news conference on Tuesday.

"We know that older adults who are receiving care in those contexts are particularly vulnerable to abuse because of issues around their physical health, disability, or cognitive issues like dementia", said CCEL National Director Krista James.

Records from the College of Nurses of Ontario show Wettlaufer was first registered as a nurse in August 1995 but resigned on September 30.

She is under investigation for some 10 more suspicious deaths.

Police said they are not expecting to exhume any of the victims' bodies as part of the probe. "/ Yes, sometimes I feel angry / but mostly at the staff / the people exected (sic) to meet the aging needs", she wrote in the October, 2010 poem entitled Working happy.

McLennan said he knew Millard quite well and that "her life was a sermon".