Killer Nurse

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While working at Cambridge Hospital as a nurse trainee, Jane Toppan impressed her co-workers with her friendly demeanour and cheerful disposition. This caused them to nickname her “Jolly Jane.” However, behind the scenes, Toppan enjoyed torturing her patients by switching their medications to opioids and experimented on them with morphine and atropine.

The Angel of Death

Some Nurses Shouldn’t be Trusted… The Stout Brunnet was no Florence Nightingale.

Female serial killers are relatively rare, but often more fascinating than male killers. Jane Toppan, known as an Angel of Death, is one of those killers.The conviction and confession of  trained nurse, Jane Toppan, in Massachusetts, adds another to the notable cases of human crime. In fact, it stands alone in some respects; there is no closely parallel case. This woman, who seems to have had the confidence of both physicians and patients during her career, enumerates thirty-one individuals whom she has poisoned while under her professional care, and mentions still others in whom her attempt was unsuccessful. That this woman should have passed for a model nurse, showing most, if not all, the good qualities of such a functionary, apparently loyal and reliable, and kind and attentive to those whose murder she was plotting, seems incomprehensible, but it is psychologically possible, as everyone with extended experience with morbid mentality can testify. Homicidal impulses can exist with the most perfect apparent amiability, though this case is unique in some of its features.

Jolly Jane Toppan was never going to have a perfect life. Surrendered to a Boston orphanage and hired out to a foster family by the age of six, she was doomed to, at best, a life of servitude. But no one could have anticipated the dark places her life would lead.

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Newborns in their cots at the nursery. In 1981, Jones demanded to be put in charge of the sickest patients. She seemed to thrive on the excitement of an emergency and even on grief when a child didn’t make it. While she prepared a body, she would sing to it and she always wanted to take the corpse to the morgue.

The Death Shift

Genene Jones: Killer Nurse

Between the 1970s and 1980s, Genene Jones, also known as “The Killer Nurse” and “Angel of Death,” killed more than 40 babies during her career as a pediatric nurse in Texas, Jones could be released in 2018, because of an old law designed to prevent overcrowding

Nothing is more shocking—or difficult to prove—than the notion of a nurse deliberately harming children. Yet inside the pediatric intensive care unit at San Antonio’s charity hospital in 1981, some staff members could reach no other conclusion.

Nurse Genene Jones was hurting kids—she had to be. The nightmarish pattern was clear. As hospital supervisors refused to deal with it, this sense of horror grew.

Babies continued to die under mysterious circumstances. Yet the concerns of parents and hospital staff went unheeded for more than a year, as disbelieving administrators, fearful of lawsuits and bad publicity, clung to a policy of maintaining a “judicious silence.”

Jones’ rampage would end only after she moved on to a small-town pediatric clinic, where eight more children stopped breathing—and a little girl died.

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