Everything We Know About the Ontario Nurse Accused Of Murdering Eight Patients
Her Facebook profile paints the picture of a solitary life.
In February, Elizabeth Tracy Mae Wettlaufer posted on her Facebook page a picture of a T-shirt with words printed on it: "Nurses—We can't fix stupid but we can sedate it."
That was seven months after the alleged serial murderer is accused of claiming the life of her eighth elderly victim in a nursing home under her care.
Family, former employers and colleagues of Wettlaufer—charged with eight first-degree murder charges in a Woodstock, Ontario courtroom this morning—have been mostly silent and unwilling to speak to the news media about the accused or the allegations against her.
But the 49-year-old's online presence paints a picture of a single, solitary woman who loved her cats, and was close with her parents.
The accused's Facebook profile—under the name Bethe Wettlaufer—lists her current employer as Lifeguard Homecare and Nursing in Brantford, Ont.
A representative for Lifeguard told CBC News that Wettlaufer was a part-time employee for just over a year, but would not comment further, except to say she has not worked for the company since the summer.
Public records with the College of Nurses of Ontario show Wettlaufer is "not entitled to practice" in the province, where she was first registered as a nurse in 1995. She resigned from the college on Sept. 30 of this year—one day after police launched their probe into the suspicious deaths spanning seven years.
Her alleged crimes are listed on the college's website along with her former name: Elizabeth Tracy Mae Parker.
A LinkedIn profile for an Elizabeth Wettlaufer lists positions at the facilities where the alleged murders took place. She worked as a "charge nurse," overseeing staff in a unit at the Caressant Care nursing home from June 2007 to March 2014, and then at London's Meadow Park nursing home in 2014. The profile lists three years at Conestoga College's nursing program (1992 to 1995), and a bachelor's degree in counselling from the now-defunct London Baptist Bible College (1987 to 1991).
Her relationship with her husband ended sometime before September 2010 according to her Facebook posts, and she occasionally reflected on being single and starting to date new people.
In September 2010, Wettlaufer posted that she went for a final time to the church she used to attend with her husband: "Church was interesting. Will definitely not be going back there again but it was nice to have closure."
In November 2010 she announced she'd enrolled in online courses through Athabasca University with plans to become a nurse practitioner. Friends posted messages of support and encouragement.
Wettlaufer's posts were often funny memes and pictures of her cats and her parents' dog. She appears to like Star Trek, the minions from Despicable Me, and the Minnesota Vikings.
She apparently struggled and overcame an alcohol or drug dependency.
On September 28, 2015, she marked one year sober: "My own voice called to me in the darkness. Others hands lifted me when I chose the light. One year ago I woke up not dead. 365 days clean and sober."
It was thirteen months prior to that post that Wettlaufer is accused of murdering Arpad Horvath, 75, of London, Ont.—the last known alleged victim.
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