Colin Norris wasn’t really suited for mortuary work either, considering that he’d been disowned by his father after being caught stealing his dead grandparents’ jewelry off their corpses during their funeral.
But nursing was the field that Colin Norris chose, however, and after his 2001 graduation from nursing school, Colin Norris began work in the health care field, working at two hospitals in Leeds where he cared for…you guessed it…elderly patients.
As with most nurses, Colin Norris studied the characteristics of insulin, specifically how to manage patients who are diabetic and what to avoid doing to them.
High on the list of things to avoid doing to a diabetic patient is injecting them with massive amounts of insulin.
Because it kills them.
In May of 2002, Colin Norris found himself working with a patient that was especially old – 90-year-old Vera Wilby. Vera had just had a successful hip surgery and was recovering nicely until Colin Norris injected her with a shot of morphine and followed that with an insulin chaser.
She didn’t die, but it was a close thing.
Colin Norris considered it a practice run, and he got much better at it, injecting insulin into 80-year-old Doris Ludlum, 88-year-old Bridget Bourke and 79-year-old Irene Crooks, injections which killed all three.
Sadly, nobody figured out that those three women had been murdered, despite a trail of evidence that pointed at foul play – missing insulin from secure cabinets and the fact that each of the womens’ deaths had been due to a sudden and unexpected change in their conditions.
Oh yeah, and that Colin Norris had been working in the area on those nights. Nobody picked up on that.
Until Colin Norris pointed it out, that is.
Colin Norris had already chosen his next victim, 86-year-old Ethel Hall.
Undoubtedly feeling untouchable, Colin Norris pointed out the fact that whenever he worked the overnight shift, someone died.
Whenever I did nights, someone always died. It was always in the morning when things go wrong – about 5:15am.
Right. Do you think he winked when he said this?
Of course, Ethel Hall was found choking at about five in the morning on the 20th of November, 2002, quickly slipping into a coma and dying two weeks later.
Her doctor was puzzled, however, after blood tests revealed that Ethel Hall’s blood had insulin levels that were about 12 times what they normally would be – and that Ethel wasn’t diabetic so she shouldn’t have been injected with insulin, which she obviously had been.
The police were called and investigations led right to Colin Norris, who maintained his innocence to the last.
During questioning by police, he told officers:
I seem to have been unlucky over the last 12 months.
Yes, Colin. Yes you have.
There was a problem securing solid physical evidence to support accusations against Colin Norris, however. Mrs. Bourke’s body was exhumed, but Mrs. Ludlam and Mrs. Crooks had been cremated.
Fortunately, over 7000 statements that supported a case against Colin Norris were made by hospital staff that he had worked with, patients of his and relatives of those patients. There was also considerable circumstantial evidence – over 3000 pieces of evidence were brought to trial.
On the 3rd of March, 2008, Colin Norris was found guilty of four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
The judge didn’t seem to like Colin much, stating:
You are, I have absolutely no doubt, a thoroughly evil and dangerous man. You are an arrogant and manipulative man with a real dislike of elderly patients. You were essentially lazy and saw elderly patients as needing too much care.
Colin Norris was sentenced to life in prison without a chance for parole until 30 years pass.
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