A case out of the UK today of the most chilling kind: patients in a hospital for life-saving care being delivered untimely death at the hands of hospital staff. A 27-year-old nurse in Greater Manchester was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of murder and is being questioned in the deaths of up to five patients who had fatal reactions to being injected with a saline solution in conjunction with insulin. Detectives are investigating the deaths of Tracey Arden, 44, George Keep, 84, Arnold Lancaster, 71, Alfred Derek Weaver, 83, and an 84-year-old woman, according to The Sun. The nurse in custody, Rebecca Leighton, reportedly complained on her Facebook page about having to work nights and long hours instead of being out partying. The police have confiscated her computer and several bags of items from her apartment.
Is having a damper on one's social life motive to kill patients under one's care?
Genene Jones killed up to 50 infants and children under her care in Texas back in the 1970s and 80s, but her motive was to put patients on the brink of death and then save them so she could be lauded as the hero. Charles Cullen's spree of killing between 40 and 400 patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before his arrest in 2003 was an act of mercy, he claimed, but the overdoses he administered caused suffering and occured in conjunction with a very checkered personal and professional life pocked with mental health problems. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, patients at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans, not all with life-threatening conditions, were killed with a drug cocktail rather than be evacuated; the grand jury did not indict the doctor but testimony indicated that the doctor told the patients that they were receiving the deadly drugs to "feel better."
Health professionals who feel they're angels of mercy/death, or health professionals who lean on the crutch of the mercy excuse for other motives -- Munchausen syndrome by proxy, compulsion to kill, convenience?