Spanish retirement home orderly admits killing 11

joan Vila in custodyAn orderly at a Spanish nursing home admitted Tuesday to killing 11 residents, reports say. Joan Vila, 45, confessed that he poisoned them with bleach, an overdose of insulin or drugs at the north-eastern town of Olot, according to Spanish media. He admitted he killed three residents “to end their suffering” when he was arrested in October. He then told a judge on Tuesday that he had killed eight more, Spanish news agency Efe reported. The admission came 10 days after a judge ordered the eight bodies be exhumed as part of an investigation into suspicious deaths at the La Caritat residence.

Doctors first notified police after finding burns to the mouth and throat of an 85-year-old woman who died last month. Mr Vila confessed he had killed her and two others by forcing them to drink bleach. In his latest admission, Mr Vila told a judge he killed six more with a combination of drugs and two with an overdose of insulin. El Periodico, a Spanish newspaper, quoted Mr Vila’s lawyer, Carles Monguilod, as saying the first killing occurred in August 2009, another that year and the remaining 9 this year.

Mr Monguilod said his client acted out of “compassion... because they were suffering and he wanted to give them some peace". It was said most of the patients were suffering terminal illnesses, including Alzheimer’s, and were disoriented or had fevers.
~ BBC News, Nov 30

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