A nurse in Canada is accused of eight counts of homicide.
Friends and family are completely shocked that the seemingly jolly nurse who claimed to love caring for the elderly and they can't understand how she could be accused of such horrendous crimes.
Elizabeth Wettlaufer appeared to be your typical nurse. She loved her job and being a nurse. She said it was her passion in life and part of her identity. The 49-year old worked at a nursing home when the homicides occured.
According to Ontario Provincial Police Wettlaufer plotted and murdered eight residents from two southwestern Ontario nursing homes in a seven-year time frame.
Police charged her with eight counts of first-degree murder for the nursing home deaths that took place from 2007 to 2014.
Most of the residents were thought to have died of natural causes. But it is now believed that she gave each of the residents fatal doses of insulin, which is difficult to detect post-mortem.
Wettlaufer is currently in custody awaiting a hearing.
This is one of Canada's worst cases of serial killings. Police don't know what the motive was at this time.
Wettlaufer made some strange comments to staff at a psychiatric facility where she was being treated for mental health and addiction issues.
Wettlaufer wrote in a poem, “I love . . . their wrinkles, their frailties, even their smell,”
She also hauntingly wrote: “I love the finality, the resignation, the knowing this is their last home.”
According to one of her friends “She was an everyday, happy-go-lucky person. She was a normal person who loved her job, loved her dog, and loved her cats."
Wettlaufer’s parents said they been asked not to discuss the case with the media, but her father, Doug Parker described his daughter as kind, smart and compassionate. had been instructed not to speak to the media.
Wettlaufer was hired at Woodstock’s Caressant Care nursing home in 2007 and it was here that she began her serial killing.
In September Wettlaufer made some strange comments about the deaths to rehab staff. The staff notified the police who began an investigation into the murders.
As soon as Wettlaufer realized she was under investigation she relinquished her nursing license.
Wettlaufer wrote a poem five years ago called “Inevitable." It was written under the pseudonym, Betty Weston.
The poem reads: “She watches some life drain/ from the notch in his neck vein. As it soothingly pools/it smothers her pain.”
There is a comment below the poem and the reader writes that it was great that the killer was a female.
“Betty Weston” responded to the comment by saying: “I felt it would make it more sinister to have the killer be a woman as it is unexpected. It also made me feel powerful.”