Former nurse confesses to killing ‘mean’ patients

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A former nurse pleaded guilty on Thursday to killing eight patients at Ontario nursing homes in what news reports said was among the worst string of serial killings in Canadian history.

The former nurse, Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer, 49, admitted to injecting a total of 14 people with insulin for no medical reason from 2007 to 2014. Eight of those injections proved fatal and six other people were seriously injured.

The eight patients who died ranged in age from 75 to 96. Seven of them lived at a nursing home in Woodstock, a farming and manufacturing city of 37,000, where Ms. Wettlaufer worked until 2014. The eighth patient died about an hour’s drive away, at a home in London, Ontario, that had briefly employed Ms. Wettlaufer.

Some of the victims had dementia, news reports said.

In court on Thursday, Ms. Wettlaufer said she had felt angry about her career and her life’s responsibilities, according to The Associated Press. The rage would build until she felt an “urge to kill,” prosecutors said — and subside only after she did so.

“Ms. Wettlaufer got that ‘red surging feeling’ — and God telling her, ‘This is the one,’” the prosecutors told the court, according to The A.P.

She told the court on Thursday that she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol when performing the injections.

“You knew this could be fatal?” Justice Bruce Thomas of Superior Court asked Ms. Wettlaufer, according to CBC News.

“Yes, your honor,” she replied.

Emails and a phone call to officials with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada on Thursday night were not returned. Efforts to contact a lawyer for Ms. Wettlaufer were also unsuccessful.

She is scheduled to be sentenced in late June, CBC News said.

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