Crime

Serial killer nurse pleads guilty

A former nurse accused of killing eight elderly people at nursing homes in three Ontario communities is pleading guilty to all charges.

At a courthouse in Woodstock, Ont., where she is from, Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, as well as four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

Asked if she admitted to lethally injecting her victims with insulin with the intention to kill, she said, “Yes, your honour,” according to the CBC.

Wettlaufer’s video confession will be shown in court later on Thursday, but she has already admitted that she wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol when she injected her victims with insulin, intending to kill them, CBC reported.

The charges stem from incidents between 2007 and 2014 when the now 49-year-old worked nights in nursing homes in Woodstock, Paris, and London, Ont. as a registered nurse. The murder victims have been identified as as Silcox, Maurice Granat, 84, Gladys Millard, 87, Helen Matheson, 95, Mary Zurawinski, 96, Helen Young, 90, Maureen Pickering, 79, and Arpad Horvath, 75.

After Crown attorneys read out the 56-page agreed statement of facts, Wettlaufer is expected to reveal her motive and describe how she killed her victim in the video confession, which is reportedly more than two and a half hours in length.

According to the agreed statement of facts, 11 of Wettlaufer’s victims lived in a nursing home in London, one in Paris, and another one in her home.

Toronto Police began investigating Wettlaufer last fall after they were tipped off to information she’d given to a psychiatric hospital in Toronto.

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