Nurse charged with eight murders at nursing homes


A 49-year-old Woodstock woman is facing eight counts of first degree murder in the deaths of elderly residents over a number of years.

Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer, a registered nurse, appeared in court this morning and was remanded into custody.

The victims were aged 75 to 96, both male and female, and were residents of Caressant Care in Woodstock, with one victim from Meadow Park in London. Their deaths were from August 2007 to August of 2014.

Caressant Care issued a press release stating the company is "cooperating fully with police investigating the actions of a former staff member, a registered nurse, who left our Home's employ approximately two and a half years ago."

The investigation began on Sept. 29, 2016, when the Woodstock Police Service received information that eight people had been murdered over a period of several years. Due to the nature of the allegations, a multi-jurisdictional Major Case Manager was contacted. Detective Inspector Rob Hagerman of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) was assigned to coordinate the investigation by members of the Woodstock Police Service and London Police Service.

The victims and their date of death have been identified as:

James Silcox, 84, Caressant Care – Woodstock August 17, 2007

Maurice Granat, 84 Caressant Care - Woodstock December 23, 2007

Gladys Millard, 87 Caressant Care – Woodstock October 14, 2011

Helen Matheson, 95, Caressant Care – Woodstock October 27, 2011

Mary Zurawinski, 96 Caressant Care – Woodstock November 7, 2011

Helen Young, 90, Caressant Care – Woodstock July 14, 2013

Maureen Pickering, 79, Caressant Care – Woodstock March 28, 2014

Arpad Horvath, 75, Meadow Park – London August 31, 2014

Further information is being released at a press conference this morning in Woodstock.