Ontario to call public inquiry into Elizabeth Wettlaufer nursing home murders

Ontario to call public inquiry into Elizabeth Wettlaufer nursing home murders

Ontario to call public inquiry into Elizabeth Wettlaufer nursing home murders

She is one of the worst serial killers in Canadian history.

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, who pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault, was sentenced Monday to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years.

Sandy Millard said it broke her heart to learn that her mother physically fought with Wettlaufer at the time of her death.

"Sorry is much too small a word", she said flatly, under the watchful eye of the families, while she stood in the prisoner's box.

The court is expected to hear a number of victim impact statements on Monday, including some read by family members of the deceased.

"You can not blame yourselves", he said.

But outside the courthouse, friends and families of the victims expressed anger and grief, saying they felt betrayed by a woman entrusted with the care of their parent or grandparent. He's accused in the deaths of two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette, her father Terry Blanchette, who was 27, and 69-year-old Hanne Meketech in September 2015.

"I'm not a victim", he stated.

David Silcox, another child of James, said he's as happy as he could be under the circumstances.

Beverly Bertram survived a Wettlaufer murder attempt at a private Oxford County residence.

"A lady, who at 96 years of age, still enjoyed looking her best; complete with lipstick, jewellery and nail polish", the family's joint statement said.

The incident still haunts her, she said Monday.

The College of Nurses didn't revoke Wettlaufer's licence until after she was charged with murder, Meadus said. "I couldn't lay in bed", her statement read. I was anxious she (Wettlaufer) would get out and come to finish the job.

Most chilling, perhaps, was the account of Sharon Young, the niece of victim Helen Young.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas said Wettlaufer was a "predator" who took the lives of those she was supposed to protect and care for during her time as a nurse, CBC reports.

All of Wettlaufer's victims were either in long-term care facilities or in failing health.

"In how many nursing homes has something like this occurred?" she asked.

She struggled with drugs and bizarrely admitted to police that a "red surge" would compel her to commit some of the homicides. "She saw some of them as troublesome residents, some she simply felt it was their time to die", Thomas said, adding psychiatrists never found Wettlaufer to be psychotic or unaware of her carnage. Toronto police were notified after she disclosed her crimes to a psychiatrist.

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