A serial killer who targeted residents in long-term care homes has written down her confessions in notes just released to the public.
Registered nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer was given a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years after pleading guilty to murdering eight residents and harming others. She also plead guilty to attempting to kill four other people including a home-care client in her own home, and to two charges of aggravated assault.
Wettlaufer is regarded as one of the most prolific serial killers in Canadian history.
The Star reports the letters have been released at a public inquiry into “what failings in our long-term-care homes system could allow Elizabeth Wettlaufer to seriously harm or kill 13 residents in long-term care homes and attempt to kill a home-care client in her own home without detection, while working as a registered nurse,” said inquiry Commissioner Eileen Gillese.
The letters detail all of the victims, printed in sometimes illegible cursive writing and riddled with spelling errors.
“That evening, I got the urge to overdose James,” she said of James Silcox, a Second World War veteran who died at Caressant Care home in Woodstock, in 2007.
“I was angry that he was so inapropriate (sic). At approximately 9:30 p.m. I decided to overdose him with insulin, hoping he would die.”
He could be heard calling out “I’m sorry” and “I love you” throughout the night before personal support workers found him without vital signs at 3 a.m.
On the last page, Wettlaufer made a list titled “People who didn’t die,” with what appears to be six other names between 2007 and 2016.
You can read the letters HERE via The Star