Episode 22

The Killer Nurse

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52-year-old nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer turned herself into authorities in September 2016. She killed eight patients beginning with 84-year-old James Silcox in 2007.   

Wettlaufer worked mainly in nursing homes, specifically Caressant in Woodstock, Ontario, and Meadow Park in London Ontario. Her weapon of choice was insulin. The type of insulin, slow-acting or fast-acting, depended on which she had access to that day.

Despite confessing to multiple people while she was actively killing patients, no one believed her. Wettlaufer was in treatment for drugs and alcohol in 2016 when someone finally did. She wrote a handwritten confession for her doctor, who turned it over to the authorities.

The Victims:
-James Silcox (84)
-Maurice Granat (84)
-Gladys Millard (87)
-Helen Matheson (95)
-Mary Zurawinski (96)
-Helen Young (90)
-Maureen Pickering (79)
-Arpad Horvath (75)

During her over three hour interview with law enforcement, she also admitted to injecting six other patients who did not die.

Portions of Wettlaufer's Handwritten Confession:

The Toronto Star did an amazing job crunching the numbers and investigating mysterious deaths during Elizabeth Wettlaufer's active period. Due to the manner in which Wettlaufer killed, other than the cases she confessed to, authorities are unable to confirm the possibility of more victims.

While Wettlaufer is no longer active, there may be other cases like hers out there. Ones where red flags need to be raised due to too many deaths in assisted living or nursing homes. Much like with the opioid epidemic in Ohio episode, we encourage you to look into this in your area. If you come across any cases that may have those red flags, please contact us or the authorities.


1. Do not name names publicly. Send everything to the police or to this page and we will forward to the police.
2. Do not post side by side photos.
3. Do not contact any family members.
4. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want to the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to their names.