Elizabeth Wettlaufer is facing six additional charges, the OPP announced Friday. The former nurse faces four counts of attempted murder, and two of aggravated assault. This brings the total to 14, which, include eight charges of first degree murder. She worked at two nursing homes in Woodstock, and London where it’s alleged she murdered eight elderly patients under her care. Word of the additional charges came down approximately 1 hour before she was due to appear in court at the Wooodstock Courthouse.
Wettleaufer’s court appearance on January 13 marked the first time she faced her victims’ families in person. “I’m just picturing my father as her patient- what he went through, and how he couldn’t talk, how he couldn’t say help, and how nobody cared, and how he lied in that bed, and had to die,” Susan Horvath told CBC News. “I went through torture because I can’t say anything to this individual and I can’t do anything,” Horvath added. Horvath is the daughter of one of Wettlaufer’s victims.
Laura Jackson, a friend of another victim says she only wants to see the accused face-to-face. “I think we just wanted to see and let her see the pain that she has created in these families,” she said. “She stands before us and we want her to see how hurt and how much pain we have for our loved ones and how much pain she has created,” she told CBC News.
The latest charges stem from incidents that allegedly happened from 2007-2016 at Caressant Care Nursing home where Wettlaufer worked. The case was put over to February 15, because of the new charges. Wettlaufer has been held at Vanier Institute for Women in Milton, since October, 2016.