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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
Melinda Barton | 27 June, 2017, 07:53

Laura Jackson, the friend of one of the victims, said Wettlaufer "should spend the rest of her life in a small box contemplating what she's done".

Wettlaufer has admitted to injecting patients with insulin with the intent to kill them, in 14 cases that stretched from 2007 to 2016.

Feelings of hatred, rage, guilt and betrayal ran high at Wettlaufer's sentencing hearing in Woodstock, Ont., where the court heard 19 victim impact statements.

Wettlaufer added that she hopes they can find peace now that the court proceedings have concluded.

Her crimes, which occurred in three Ontario long-term care facilities and a private home, make her one of Canada's worst serial killers.

"I simply feel guilty for not being able to protect my father as he had protected me", wrote David Silcox, whose father, James Silcox, was murdered in 2007.

Wettlaufer is also expected to address the court.

"I will miss him always", she said.

She also confessed to four other attempted murders and two assaults, including at a third facility.

After administering the insulin, a drug not heavily regulated at the homes, she said she felt laughter in her chest.

They said they have been struggling with depression, anxiety and employment difficulties as a result of her murder.

"More typically, I think is there's neglect and negligence and they're not being noticed by the system for exactly the same reasons as those that didn't get noticed in Wettlaufer's case", Meadus said.

Crown prosecutors have said they are proposing a joint submission with the defence on sentencing. "She fought the predator and cried out for over an hour and no one answered her".

The first victim impact statements came from the relatives of James Silcox, who was among the seven individuals Wettlaufer killed at Caressant Care in Woodstock.

During a brief statement to the court, Wettlaufer apologized to her victims and their families for the grief she caused.

"I tip my hat to the government for the courage to open a public inquiry and I respect that", Grinspun said.

The head of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Doris Grinspun, said her group did not "lightly" ask for an inquiry, noting the only time it do before was during Ontario's deadly 2003 SARS oubreak. Andfamilies spoke of their reactions to the awful circumstances of their deaths - by insulin overdose injections that led to painful, tragic ends.

"It is a complete betrayal of your trust when a caregiver does not prolong life but rather terminates it - but you simply can not blame yourselves", Thomas said.

Colin Matheson described the guilt of knowing that the life of his "sweet, kind and gentle spirited" 95-year-old grandmother, Heather Matheson, had been taken by Wettlaufer.

"You simply can not blame yourselves", he said to the family and friends of Wettlaufer's victims.