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Registered nurse charged with eight counts of first-degree murder

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Oct 25th, 2016

A registered nurse is charged with murdering eight elderly people in southwestern Ontario.

Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer of Woodstock, 49, appeared in court on Tuesday to face eight charges of first-degree murder.

The killings took place between 2007 and 2014, Woodstock police chief William Renton said at a news conference on Tuesday. It’s a shockingly high number, for a town that is already coping with the high-profile death of Victoria ‘Tori’ Stafford.

“We’re a resilient town,” Renton said.

“It’s very difficult for a community to have to endure these types of tragic incidents but the community is strong and the community will rally and work together to get through it again, just as we have in other major incidents.”

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, accused of murdering eight people, appears in a Woodstock court on Oct. 25, 2016. CITYNEWS/Marianne Boucher
Elizabeth Wettlaufer, accused of murdering eight people, appears in a Woodstock court on Oct. 25, 2016. CITYNEWS/Marianne Boucher


The multi-jurisdictional investigation began on Sept. 29 of this year. The next day, Wettlaufer gave up her nursing license.

The investigation eventually grew to include the London police and the Ontario provincial police. Police held a news conference about the case on Tuesday. It has ended but can be viewed below:

The victims are James Silcox, 84; Maurice Granat, 84; Gladys Millard, 87; Helen Matheson, 95; Mary Zurawinski, 96; Helen Young, 90; Maureen Pickering, 79; and Arpad Horvath, 75. Seven of the victims lived at Caressant Care home in Woodstock, while Horvath lived at Meadow Park in London.

Caressant Care did not identify the nurse, but said in a statement that a nurse who left their organization more than two years ago was under investigation.

Caressant Care is “cooperating fully” with the investigation and will not be releasing more information, communications manager Lee Griffi said in a statement.

“We are determined to avoid compromising the police investigation in any way and are therefore unable to provide any additional comment at this time.”

Police announced on Oct. 14 that they had identified a suspect and said they had taken all “reasonable measures” to ensure public safety, but did not say what those measures were, adding that the case is now before the courts.

The victims were given a drug, police said at the news conference, but didn’t say which one, again citing the ongoing court case. Police also wouldn’t say if Wettlaufer was known to police, what the suspected motive was, or if they were “mercy killings.”

Caressant Care statement about police investigation by CityNewsToronto on Scribd



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