Canada Elizabeth Wettlaufer was called ‘angel of death’ by co-worker, inquiry hears

18:36  13 june  2018
18:36  13 june  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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A staff member at the Caressant Care nursing home once referred to her co - worker , Elizabeth Wettlaufer , as an “ angel of death ,” a public inquiry has heard . The chilling term, which popularly refers to serial killers who are caregivers

One of Elizabeth Wettlaufer ’s former colleagues once referred to her as the “ angel of death ” when they worked together at an Ontario nursing home, a public inquiry has heard .


A staff member at the Caressant Care nursing home once referred to her co-worker, Elizabeth Wettlaufer, as an “angel of death,” a public inquiry has heard.

The chilling term, which popularly refers to serial killers who are caregivers, was used while Wettlaufer was still employed at the Woodstock, Ont., nursing home where she killed seven people in her care and assaulted two others with overdoses of insulin.

Elizabeth Wettlaufer on her way to court in January 2017. She confessed to eight murders of nursing-home patients.© Dave Chidley Elizabeth Wettlaufer on her way to court in January 2017. She confessed to eight murders of nursing-home patients.

Registered nurse Karen Routledge, who worked at Caressant, recalled today a conversation where a co-worker used that term to describe Wettlaufer, who co-workers called Beth.

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Elizabeth Wettlaufer was referred to as an " angel of death ' while she worked at a Woodstock, Ont., nursing home, a former colleague told a public inquiry on Wednesday. Although Routledge said she never called Wettlaufer an " angel of death ," she knew of another nurse or personal support worker

“It was in conversation, that Beth spent extra time with palliative residents and she had been overheard saying to a palliative resident that it was OK to die,” Routledge said, adding that Wettlaufer was apparently suggesting that death was better than severe suffering.

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Routledge said she had no recollection of anyone comparing the death registry at the nursing home with Wettlaufer’s night shifts. The public inquiry was not told the name of the Caressant staff member who described Wettlaufer as the angel of death in conversation with Routledge.

Wettlaufer pleaded guilty in June 2017 to killing eight patients and assaulting or trying to kill six others. She confessed to her crimes, unprompted, in September 2016.

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Elizabeth Wettlaufer was called ‘ angel of death ’ by co - worker , inquiry hears . Much of Elizabeth Wettlaufer ’s stained record not reported to College of Nurses.

Elizabeth Wettlaufer was called ‘ angel of death ’ by co - worker , inquiry hears . A staff member at the Caressant Care nursing home once referred to her co - worker , Elizabeth Wettlaufer , as an “ angel of death ,” a public inquiry has heard .The chilling term, which popularly refers to serial killers who are

The public inquiry was called by the provincial government to determine the systemic failures that allowed Wettlaufer to keep killing and harming residents in her care without being stopped.

“I racked my brain thinking — ‘How could this happen? How could you not know? — and I haven’t come up with anything,” Routledge testified a day earlier, referring to how Wettlaufer could have got away with her crimes while at Caressant. “My heart goes out to the families and it’s something that’s going to stay with me forever.”

There was nothing in Wettlaufer’s demeanour that suggested she was a killer.

“For the most part she came in smiling and quite bubbly,” said Routledge, who worked at the home during the seven years Wettlaufer was employed there. “She portrayed herself as a very caring nurse for the residents. She would take on some very difficult (residents), even people who didn’t have family and bring them special treats from home. I had no idea.”

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A staff member at the Caressant Care nursing home once referred to her co - worker , Elizabeth Wettlaufer , as an “ angel of death ,” a public inquiry has heard .The chilling term, which popularly refers to serial killers who are caregivers, was used while Wettlaufer was still employed at the

Elizabeth Wettlaufer was called ‘ angel of death ’ by co - worker , inquiry hears . The inquiry earlier heard that a coroner had declined to investigate the death of one of Wettlaufer ’s victims even though it had been flagged as suspicious.

Routledge was also the union representative in the home for registered nurses. She sat in several of the meetings where Wettlaufer was disciplined for incompetence on the job. Wettlaufer’s employment record contained 44 instances when the registered nurse committed medication errors, or was disciplined or warned for incompetence. She was fired from the home in March 2014 for a medication error that put the life of a resident at risk.

“Beth in general at these meetings would be very contrite and apologetic — ‘I’m sorry, I don’t know how that happened,’ ” Routledge said, referring to the meetings when Wettlaufer was warned or disciplined. “She would be very remorseful, often tearful.”

Routledge was asked if Wettlaufer was being sincere.

“Well, she fooled me. There was no indication she wasn’t being genuine.”

Union under fire at Wettlaufer inquiry for defending problem nurse .
Within hours of finding out Elizabeth Wettlaufer was suspended for making a medication error, the Ontario Nurses' Association filed a grievance on her behalf, a public inquiry hears. There was no investigation about why Wettlaufer was being suspended or whether she had put patients at the Caressant Care nursing home in Woodstock, Ont., at risk. Last June, Wettlaufer was convicted of eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

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