Elizabeth Wettlaufer: Families grieving the murders of loved ones by the serial-killer nurse are unhappy with the just-announced terms of an inquiry into the crimes

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WOODSTOCK – 

Families of some Elizabeth Wettlaufer victims expressed bitter disappointment Tuesday after learning a government inquiry into her murders of eight local nursing-home residents will take two years.

“That’s just terrible,” said Andrea Silcox, daughter of Wettlaufer’s first victim, 85-year-old James Silcox. “It’s not rocket science — the timeline is crazy. It’s way too long.”

Another grieving relative, Arpad Horvath, has doubts, too, about the length of time to get going on the inquiry, pointing out it took only three weeks to appoint a commissioner to lead a public inquiry after the drinking-water deaths of seven people in Walkerton in 2000.

His father, also named Arpad Horvath, died in 2014 at age 75, less than a year after moving into London’s Meadow Park nursing home.

“Why has it taken so long to get an inquiry?” he asked. “Eight people were murdered. She is biggest serial killer in health-care history in Canada. They just don’t care. This makes us look bad not only here but in the world.”

Silcox did say that news of the inquiry gave her some optimism for the future.

“I am very, very hopeful that changes are coming down the pipe today — when the ministry (of health) finds something wrong with the system and they actually do something about it,” she said. “Hopefully they get on board to do something about the problems in long-term care and take better care of our elderly in long-term care.”

HRivers@postmedia.com


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