Elizabeth Wettlaufer admits eight nursing home murders
A former nurse has pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of elderly patients in Ontario care homes.
Elizabeth Wettlaufer also entered a guilty plea in with six counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault, according to media reports.
Police arrested Wettlaufer in October for a string deaths in two nursing homes spanning several years.
Many victims’ relatives were in the courthouse for the plea.
The former nurse admitted in a lengthy statement at Ontario Superior Court on Thursday that she fatally injected the victims with insulin, according to journalists who attended the hearing.
Wettlaufer’s victims were between the ages 75 and 96 and were killed between 2007-14.
“I have to forgive her, that’s the Christian thing to do,” Andrea Silcox, whose father died in 2007, told media outside the court in Woodstock, Ontario, before Wettlauffer arrived in court.
Wettlaufer resigned from the College of Nurses of Ontario a day after police launched an investigation into the nursing home deaths in September.
The murder victims were five women and three men and were all residents of Caressant Care in Woodstock and Meadow Park in London, Ontario.
In January, police brought six additional charges – four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault – against Wettlaufer for incidents that took place in care homes between 2007-16.