The Woodstock courthouse will be packed with reporters and onlookers Wednesday morning, as an appearance is made by a 49-year-old woman facing first degree murder charges.
It’ll be Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s first appearance since being formally charged last month in the deaths of eight nursing home residents in London and Woodstock.
The deaths occurred between 2007 and 2014, and Police have said a drug was given to the alleged victims but they won’t reveal what it was.
Susan’s father Arpad Horvath was the last and youngest alleged victim, dying in August of 2014.
He was the only one who had been living in London’s Meadow Park. The rest were residents of Caressant Care in Woodstock.
Susan said she is not planning to attend every court appearance made by Wettlaufer.
“No, I will probably go to the hearing for sure, and if there is a trial of course I would be there, but those are the only two that I think I could stomach,” Horvath said.
She’s trying to stay strong for her mother, who is struggling to accept the allegations that have been made.
“My mother, which I fully understand, she’s neutral, meaning she does not want to get involved in any publicity, any media, anything like that, she just wants to be left alone, she’s in a lot of pain, a lot of confusion,” Susan said.
Susan adds that since the allegations came to light, she has not spoke to anyone at Meadow Park, which she plans to name in a civil lawsuit that has yet to be filed.
At a police media conference on October 25th in Woodstock, officials wouldn’t offer any details about the nature of the tip they received–or the tipster–except that it came in on Sept. 29.
The Canadian Press cites a police source as saying that it was officials from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) who tipped off Toronto police that Wettlaufer had provided information that caused them “concern.”
Wettlaufer posted on her Facebook page about challenges with substance abuse. A neighbour of hers told reporters that she had recently been in rehab.
After receiving the complaint, Toronto police officers notified the Ontario Provincial Police, as well as the departments in London and Woodstock.
Wettlaufer resigned as a registered nurse the day after Police received the tip.
Lawyers for Wettlaufer could not immediately be reached for comment.
Wettlaufer’s court appearance in Woodstock via video link from jail is scheduled for 9a.m. Wednesday. AM980 will have a reporter there.