British Nurse Convicted of Killing Infants in Shocking Serial Killing Case
A British nurse named Lucy Letby has been dubbed the worst child serial killer in modern British history. Letby, a neonatal nurse at a hospital in northwest England, has been convicted of the murder of five premature boys and two newborn girls between June 2015 and June 2016. Her crimes have been described as “persistent, calculated, and cold-blooded.”
How Did She Kill the Infants?
Letby targeted highly vulnerable infants and attacked them shortly after their parents or nurses had left their side. She employed various methods to carry out her murders, such as injecting air into babies’ feeding tubes or adding insulin to poison them. In some cases, she deliberately overfed the babies.
The victims included two identical triplet brothers who were murdered within 24 hours of each other, a newborn weighing less than 1 kg who was fatally injected with air, and a girl born 10 weeks premature who was murdered on the fourth attempt. There are suspicions that Letby may have harmed more infants during her six-year career as a children’s nurse.
What Was Her Motive?
The exact motives behind Letby’s killings remain unclear. During her trial, the prosecution described her as a “calculating” woman who manipulated her colleagues into believing the rise in baby deaths was simply “bad luck.” Letby showed an unusual interest in the families of her victims, conducting searches for them on social media.
Handwritten notes found in her home indicated that she had a deep sense of guilt and self-reproach. One note read, “I am evil, I did this,” while another stated, “I don’t deserve to live. I killed them on purpose because I’m not good enough to care for them.” It has been suggested that Letby’s motive to kill newborns may have stemmed from a pathological desire for attention and sympathy.
The Investigation and Conviction
The police investigation into Letby’s crimes began in 2017 when they were contacted about her suspicious behavior. She was arrested in 2018 and has been in custody since then. During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence of Letby’s actions, including injecting air into the babies’ bodies, pushing tubes down their throats, and attempting to poison them with insulin.
Letby was found guilty of seven counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder, with the latter relating to six babies. She is expected to receive a whole-life term in prison, which means she will never be released. Letby’s case has shocked the nation and prompted concerns that she may have harmed more infants during her career.
|Number of Infants Killed
|June 2015-June 2016
|Possible Additional Victims
|Pathological desire for attention and sympathy
The police have launched a helpline for parents to report any concerns they may have, as they suspect there may be more victims of Letby’s crimes.
Lucy Letby’s conviction as a child serial killer has sent shockwaves throughout the UK. Her cold-blooded murders of vulnerable infants under her care have tarnished the trust placed in healthcare professionals. Letby’s motives and the full extent of her crimes may never be fully understood, but her actions serve as a grim reminder of the potential for evil within seemingly ordinary individuals.