Saturday, September 17, 2016

Aleata Beach, Suspected Serial Killer Nurse – Oklahoma, 1994


On Aug. 23, 1994, Aleata Beach, a 48-year-old nurse at the Grady Memorial Hospital in Chickasha, Oklahoma attempted suicide. She wrote out a suicide note confessing to murdering four patients, three of them elderly and one aged only 31, detailing the means she used to kill them. The younger victim was a “former high school football and basketball star … who … had been suffering for two years from a rare brain fungus.” The note stated that one had been killed with potassium chloride and three with injections of air.

Aleata recovered and was arrested and held on $1 bail. The bodies were autopsied but since all had been embalmed the examination gave inconclusive results. The judge ruled that the written confession, which was later recanted by Mrs. Beach, was not sufficient in itself to bring her to trial on four charges of first-degree murder. Charges were dropped and the prosecution did not appeal.

[Robert St. Estephe]

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Aleata Beach, 48, Rush Springs, Oklahoma
Grady Memorial Hospital, Chickasha
Jun. 1994 – AB takes overdose of “painkillers.”
4 deaths: one killed with potassium chloride, three with uinjections of air.
Aug. 19, 1994 – Goldie Crumm, 83, of Rush Springs.
Aug. 19, 1994 – Darrell Edwin Richie, 31, of Chickasha; “former high school football and basketball star in Chickasha, died Aug. 20. He had been suffering for two years from a rare brain fungus.”
Aug. 21, 1994 – Irene Mullins, 73, of Chickasha.
Aug. 21, 1994 – Flossie Fair, 88, of Cyril.
Aug. 23, 1994 –  AB attempts suicide attempt while at work; confesses to coworkers in a suicide note that detailed her method.
Nov. 10, 1994 – AB indicted.
Nov. 15, 1994 – “During a bond hearing Tuesday, District Judge James R. Winchester set Beach's bond at $1 million, or $250,000 for each charge.”
Jan. 6, 1995 – “A Grady County judge on Friday [Jan. 6, 1995] determined a nurse's confession she killed four patients was not enough evidence to order her to trial on four counts of first-degree murder. Special District Judge Karen Ivy dismissed the charges against nurse Aleata May Beach, 48, the day after three witnesses testified for the prosecution during a preliminary hearing.”

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[“Nurse indicted in four deaths,” The Tuscaloosa News (Al.), Nov. 11, 1994, p. 2A]
[Lillie-Beth Sanger, “Husband Says Nurse Had Drug Problem,” The Oklahoman (Tulsa, Ok.), Nov. 16, 1994]
[Lillie-Beth Sanger, “Charges Dismissed In 4 Deaths Nurse's Confession Ruled Insufficient,” The Oklahoman (Tulsa, Ok.), Jan. 7, 1995]
[“Nurse Who Says She Helped Patients Die Took Overdose in June,” Tulsa World (Ok.), Aug. 28, 1994]

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For more cases, see Sicko Nurses

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1 comment:

  1. women do tend to kill people who are otherwise helpless, women who are trusted to care for others.

    hence why they tend to murder the elderly, children, victims who are asleep, or in the more recent cases of domestic violence, men who they know will not be protected by the police.

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