Police in Woodstock, Ont. charged 49-year old Elizabeth Wettlaufer with eight counts of first degree murder this week, based on incidents allegedly occurring in two long-term care facilities at which she was working–Caressant Care in Woodstock and London’s Meadow Park.
The eight alleged victims ranged in age from 75 to 96, encompassing both men and women. Police say that the offenses took place between 2007 and 2014. All but one of the patients resided at the Woodstock facility.
The OPP released the names and dates of death of the alleged victims; other information is available through publicly available obituaries.
- Arpad Horvath, 75; Aug. 31, 2014: Horvath was the youngest of the alleged victims, and the only one to have died in London, Ont. He was very well known and active in London’s Hungarian community. he was married with two children, and the owner of Central Tool and Die.
- Maureen Pickering, 79; Mar. 28, 2014: Pickering was a widow who originally hailed from Tillsonburg.
- Maurice (Moe) Granat, 84; Dec. 23, 2007: Granat was an automotive mechanic in Tillsonburg and the father of two.
- James (Jim) Silcox, 84; Aug. 12, 2007: Silcox was a Royal Canadian Army Service Corps veteran who served in World War II. He worked for the former Standard Tube, and was a married father of six.
- Gladys Millard, 87; Oct. 14, 2011: Millard was a longtime member of the congregation at Knox Presbyterian Church in Woodstock, as well as a part of the Rose Rebekah Lodge. Originally from Nova Scotia, she was widowed, with two children.
- Helen Young, 90; July 13, 2013: No obituary was immediately available for Young, who died at Woodstock’s Caressant Care.
- Helen Matheson, 95; Oct. 27, 2011: Matheson was a widow with two children, and a regular attendee of the United Church in Innerkip.
- Mary Zurawinski, 96; Nov. 7, 2011: No obituary was immediately available for Zurawinski, who died at Caressant Care in Woodstock, Ont.
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