Friday, March 11, 2016

Betty Jakim – Suspected Michigan Serial Killer Nurse – 1975


Two Filipino nursers were convicted of murdering patients in July through August 1975 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Following a 13-week trial the two VA nurses Filipina Narcisco and Lenora Perez were convicted conspiring to commit three murders on July 13, 1977.

The nurses were accused of deliberately injecting a muscle relaxant, Pavulon, into the intravenous feeding tubes of nine VA patients, resulting in breathing failure. There were more than 50 such breathing failures at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital in the Summer of 1975. The prosecution was highly controversial involving the charge that the FBI deliberately withheld exculpatory evidence. On appeal the nurses had the conviction overturned and the prosecution elected not to pursue a retrial. It was the mentally ill VA nursing supervisor Betty Jakim, 51, seems to have confessed to having committed the murders when institutionalised at the University of Michigan Neuropsychiatric Institute. She committed suicide in Sebring, Florida on February 3, 1975. She had attempted suicide twice before.

[Robert St. Estephe, Oct. 16, 2015]

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The case of Betty Jakim is exhaustively covered in online posts of the original newspaper clippings.
[Old News, Ann Arbor, Michigan.]

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For more cases, see Sicko Nurses

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