A nurse accused of murdering eight seniors in southwestern Ontario has had her case put over until Dec. 8. In October, 49-year-old Elizabeth Wettlaufer was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of residents at long-term care facilities in London and Woodstock, Ontario.
Police believe Wettlaufer killed her elderly victims, between 2007 and 2014, at two nursing homes where she was employed.
Two women whose fathers were allegedly killed by Wettlaufer showed up at the Woodstock, Ont. courthouse Friday morning, where Wettlaufer made a brief appearance via video link.
“They’ve worked so hard… and this is what they get at the end of the line,” Susan Horvath told CTV Kitchener. Hovarth’s 75-year-old father, Arpad Horvath, is believed to be Wettlaufer’s eighth and final victim.
“You know? From a caring nurse… Who’s an R.N,” Hovarth said. “Give me a break.”
Wettlaufer’s video appearance lasted less than two minutes. Her lawyer, Brad Burgess, was present at the courthouse. Wettlaufer said little other than stating her name for the record and saying, “Okay, thank you,” once proceedings were over.
Although she would like to see justice served, Susan Horvath says she’ll remain patient.
“They’re trying to do an airtight case – that’s their job,” she said. “They’re trying to do their best they can at this, so I understand why they’re withholding.”
Susan Hovarth says that she’s in contact with some of the other children of alleged victims. Their parents are now part of one of the largest murder cases in Ontario history.
Wettlaufer’s other alleged victims include Maurice Granat, 84, Gladys Millard, 87, Helen Matheson, 95, Mary Zurawinski, 96, Helen Young, 90 and Maureen Pickering, 79.