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They say that any publicity is good publicity. Or is it?

I often wonder if that is true; especially if the person wearing one of your shirt designs is a suspected serial killer.  On Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, police in Woodstock, ON, announced that Elizabeth Tracy Mae Wettlaufer, 49, has been charged in connection with deaths that occurred in nursing homes between August, 2007 and August, 2014. The patients were between 75 and 96 years old; in fact, they have speculated that she is a serial killer. The murder suspect was arrested wearing a shirt from my clothing line at www.ddaywear.com .

It has been all over the news in Canada; here is a link to the story from the CBC http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/woodstock-nurse-investigation-1.3822235  

Another from City T.V. http://www.citynews.ca/2016/10/25/alleged-serial-killer-elizabeth-tracey-mae-wettlaufer/ 

The Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/10/25/ontario-nursing-home-murder-suspect-cuts-happy-figure-on-social-media.html

The National Post: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/what-we-know-about-elizabeth-wettlaufer-the-nurse-linked-to-eight-nursing-home-deaths-in-ontario

The story has made it as far as London Ontario where it appeared in the London Free Press  http://www.lfpress.com/2016/10/25/nurse-elizabeth-tracey-mae-wettlaufer-49-charged-with-eight-counts-of-murder-at-nursing-homes to London,England, where it was reported on the BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37770264

Every media has their own take on the story.  It will be interesting as this case precedes how she will plead and what her defense will be. I was listening to CFRB Radio they had a breaking news headline Report: Break in Woodstock nursing home the alleged murders of eight long-term care home residents was launched after police received a tip from a psychiatric hospital in Toronto. http://www.iheartradio.ca/newstalk-1010/news/report-break-in-woodstock-nursing-home-death-case-came-from-toronto-mental-health-staff-1.2101335

Just out of rehab in Toronto, Ontario where she was battling with her addictions, it was reported that she also was further required to “continue any treatment for mental health,” and stay away from alcohol.

I heard on the radio Wettlaufer, may have thought she was an Angel of Mercy in criminology according to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_of_mercy_(criminology)

 “An angel of mercy or angel of death is a rare type of criminal offender (often a type of serial killer) who is usually employed as a caregiver and intentionally harms or kills people under their care. The angel of mercy is often in a position of power and may decide the victim would be better off if they no longer suffered from whatever severe illness is plaguing them. This person then uses their knowledge to kill the victim. In some cases, as time goes on, this behavior escalates to encapsulate the healthy and the easily treated.”

The motivation for this type of criminal is variable, but generally falls into one or more types or patterns:

  • Mercy killer: Believe the victims are suffering or beyond help, though this belief may be delusional.
  • Sadistic: Use their position as a way of exerting power and control over helpless victims.
  • Malignant hero: A pattern wherein the subject endangers the victim's life in some way and then proceeds to "save" them. Some feign attempting resuscitation, all the while knowing their victim is already dead and beyond help, but hope to be seen as selflessly making an effort.

However this comes to fruition, it is going to be an interesting story to follow. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families that lost a loved one.  I hope that this investigation will bring them some closure.

The Police identified the victims from the Woodstock home as:

  • James Silcox, 84, who died Aug. 17, 2007.
  • Maurice Granat, 84, who died Dec. 23, 2007.
  • Gladys Millard, 87, who died Oct. 14, 2011.
  • Helen Matheson, 95, who died Oct. 27, 2011.
  • Mary Zurawinski, 96, who died Nov. 7, 2011.
  • Helen Young, 90, who died July 14, 2013.
  • Maureen Pickering, 79, who died March 28, 2014.

The victim from Meadow Park was identified as: 

  • Arpad Horvath, 75, who died Aug. 31, 2014.

 



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