Canadian nurse on a 10-year killing spree: It’s a familiar story.
A person works in a certain job, often at different places.
And in all of them commits murder.
And finally they are caught.
How did they get away with it?
Simply put – people who were suspicious of someone’s behaviour did nothing about it.
And that holds true of Elizabeth Wettlaufer.
She became a nurse in 1995.
And right from the start there were problems but nothing was done about it.
She overdosed on narcotics she had stolen from the dispensary at the hospital where she worked as a student nurse.
She was fired.
But other than that that was it.
In fact, her union intervened in her case and her firing was noted as a voluntary resignation.
She was allowed to continue to work as a nurse.
Her next brush with the system when she was fired from a care facility where she killed seven people. She was reprimanded nine times for various infractions. Again her union intervened – her firing was deemed a voluntary resignation and her union got her a $2,000 settlement and a letter of recommendation.
And for the next 10 years – working in, six different places – a Canadian nurse on a 10-year killing spree, killing eight elderly and frail patients. She also tried to harm six other patients.
And because she plead guilty to murder none of the details of her heinous acts and those of a system that did nothing when her behaviour raised alarm bells.