A history of nurses charged with killing patients Ms. Wettlaufer's only sibling, a brother who lives in Nova Scotia, told The Globe and Mail that his family is processing the news. Interviews with those who know Ms. Wettlaufer combine with her social-media presence to paint a picture of a woman whose identity is largely tied to her Christian faith, her profession, travel, an affinity for cats and dogs, and a close relationship with her parents.
Her Facebook profile also reveals an effort to overcome addiction and find closure after a marriage breakdown. She studied nursing at Conestoga College, and became a registered nurse in She connected her spirituality with her work when she took on a position with Christian Horizons, which serves people with developmental disabilities.
It is unclear when she joined the charitable organization, but Christian Horizons said in a statement Tuesday that she left in June of Earlier that year, according to mortgage documents, she and her husband separated. Her former spouse, a truck driver, declined to speak with The Globe.
Story continues below advertisement Story continues below advertisement Ms. Wettlaufer started working at Woodstock's Caressant Care nursing home in mid, coming across to co-workers as a caring woman who treated her clients with respect. Wettlaufer at the nursing home for several years.
Wettlaufer, who goes by Beth, often worked the overnight shift and would have had access to a week's worth of medication for upward of 99 clients at a time. The deaths began two months after Ms. Wettlaufer started working at Caressant Care, with the August, , death of an year-old man. Another year-old man died later that year. In , her divorce was finalized. She broke a "no dating vow" in mid to go on an afternoon date, her Facebook profile says.
The registered practical nurse who asked not to be named said Ms. Wettlaufer was in a same-sex relationship, at least for a time.
In the fall of , Ms. Wettlaufer registered for a bachelor of science in nursing course as part of an effort, her Facebook profile suggests, to become a nurse practitioner, a more advanced position that involves prescribing medications. The next three deaths came in There was another in , and one more at Caressant Care in Later that year, Ms. Wettlaufer started working at Meadow Park nursing home in London, Ont. It is there that the last death cited by police took place, in August of None of the allegations have been proved in court.
Story continues below advertisement Around September of , according to her Facebook profile, Ms. Others [sic] hands lifted me when I chose the light. One year ago today I woke up not dead. Gilbert, who lived in the same apartment complex as Ms.
Wettlaufer and bonded over their mutual affection for dogs, said the recent stint in rehab was Ms. Gilbert said her friend really loved her job. But to look at her and know her a bit, you would never think she could do something like this," Ms. Wettlaufer's Facebook profile cites her current employer as Lifeguard Homecare. A woman who answered the phone there said the executive director was not available for comment. Caressant Care said in a statement it is co-operating fully with police.
Wettlaufer, for her part, resigned from the College of Nurses of Ontario on Sept. With reports from Colin Freeze in Woodstock, Ont.