Under the kind nurse hid a formidable serial killer

Reta Mays, 46, pleaded guilty last July to the murder of seven men and the attempted homicide of an eighth person. Tuesday, May 11, she found herself for the very first time in front of the families of the victims, during a final hearing. The one who apologized for what she did is sentenced to life in prison. “You are the monster that no one sees coming,” the judge said as he handed down the sentence.

Between 2017 and 2018, Reta Mays administered lethal doses of insulin to former military personnel, all between the ages of 81 and 96. If this hormone is necessary for patients with diabetes, it turns out to be fatal for anyone else. In fact, the death of the victims had initially seemed natural, as Le Journal de Montréal points out. Before a doctor sounds the alarm and an investigation is launched. The bodies of those who had served in World War II and the Korean and Vietnamese wars are then exhumed and then autopsied. And the medical examiner’s reports are clear: these are homicides.

Reta Mays had researched serial killers

During the hearing on Tuesday, May 11, the judge pointed out that Reta Mays had watched Nurses Who Kill on Netflix just after his first murder. And that she had also researched the internet on serial killers. “You knew what you were doing. You looked for how to do it”, assured the judge to the accused.

For Reta Mays’ lawyer, the latter has suffered from mental health problems and post-traumatic stress since her deployment in the US military in Iraq, between 2003 and 2004. No matter what, in the face of their father’s murderer, of their grandfather or their husband, the families of the victims cry without understanding what could have pushed this nurse to commit such an act.

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