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Edson Isidoro GUIMARAES

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 


A.K.A.: "The Nurse of Death"
 
Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Nurse - Angel of Death - He was paid to inform local funeral homes
Number of victims: 4  - 131
Date of murders: January-May 1999
Date of arrest: May 4, 1999
Date of birth: 1957
Victims profile: Men and women (patients)
Method of murder: Poisoning (potassium chloride) - Asphyxiation (by removing oxygen masks)
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Status: Sentenced to 76 years in prison on February 21, 2000
 
 
 
 
 
 

Edson Isidoro Guimar„es (born 1957) is a Brazillian nursing assistant and convicted serial killer. He confessed to five murders of which he was convicted of four, but is suspected of committing up to 131 in total. He claimed that he chose patients whose conditions were irreversible and who were in pain.

Crimes

Guimar„es worked as a nurse in the Salgado Filho Hospital in the Mťier district of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was caught in 1999 when a hospital porter saw Guimar„es fill a syringe with potassium chloride and inject a comatose patient who immediately died. The police were informed and a higher than average death rate on his ward increased their suspicions. On his arrest he confessed to five murders.

He told a television reporter prior to his trial, "I don't regret what I did", adding "I did it to those in irreversible comas and whose families were suffering."

He was convicted on February 21, 2000, of the murders of four patients and sentenced to 76 years in prison.

He is thought to have killed up to 131 patients between January 1 and May 4 1999.

He told reporters: "The oxygen mask was taken away, yes. There were five patients that this happened to... I chose the patients I saw suffering, generally patients with AIDS, patients who were almost terminal. I am in peace because the patients were in a coma and had no way of recovering."

One possible motive for the murders is thought to be the fact that he was paid $60 dollars a time to inform local funeral homes of a patient's death so that they could contact the deceased's relatives. According to Josias Quintal, Rio's secretary for public security, "He may have begun doing it to earn money and then just lost control".

Wikipedia.org

 
 

Edson Guimaraes

BORN : 1956 or '57

VICTIMS : not sure, possibly 100+

This story is set in Rio De Janeiro. As it is a very recent case all of the following info is taken rom newspaper articles. So it is a fair assumtion that this is not the full story. As I get new information, I will be updating this page. So let us get to the story.

For two years, officials at Rio's Salgado Filho Hospital could not understand the high death rate in the hospital's emergency intensive care unit. I bet you can already figure out what's been going on.

The hospital recently said it found the answer to its discrepancy: longtime nurse's aide Edson Guimaraes, a purported serial killer for cash who may have murdered as many as 116 patients in his ward since January (this year) alone. And if that hasn't got your attention then I don't know what will.

Guimaraes, 42, a quiet black eyed man dubbed the incredibly original, "angel of death," initially confessed to five murders, saying he had ended the patients' lives to ease their suffering.

He also admitted to racing to notify the city's highly competitive funeral homes of the deaths, in hopes of earning a $60 tip if he was the first to report the death and the family signed a contract with the funeral home. A motive?

"At the hospital, the personnel from autopsy usually win a commission from the funeral homes when they make a referral," the seven year employee of the hospital told Veja, a Brazilian newsmagazine. "I decided to seek out the funeral homes and do the same."

A skeptical Flavio Silveira, the administrator of Salgado Filho, said, "this guy said he wanted to abbreviate suffering and also make some money on the side, because everybody gets some money on the side."

In Brazil, as in most countries, euthanasia remains a crime, even when carried out by a doctor at a patient's request. So even if they were 'mercy killings' he is still breaking the law.

Prosecutors say that Guimaraes' victims were mostly unconscious or comatose patients, whom he killed by lethal injection or by removing oxygen masks.

The most damning evidence against Guimaraes was provided by a cleaning lady. In late April she says that she first spotted the gray haired aide drawing a syringe of deadly potassium chloride from the supply room, slipping it into his pocket and then strolling into the intensive care unit.

While Guimaraes made his rounds, the woman reported, he quietly pressed the needle into the IV drip bag of one of the unit's half dozen patients and hit the plunger. Moments later the patient was dead. What I want to know is why didn't she stop him, if she knew what was going on?

Once alerted by the cleaning lady, administrators as a test transferred Guimaraes to an outpatient unit on his next shift. The death rate in intensive care fell to zero. When Guimaraes returned three days later, on May 4, four patients died, even as police waited in a nearby office to make an arrest. This will probably count against him.

Following Guimaraes' arrest a check of hospital records has revealed that the unit's death rate more than doubled during Guimaraes' 12 hour shifts, from an average of just under two deaths to four or more, Silveira said.

Following his confession Guimaraes' lawyer decided on an insanity defense, but recently the tactic was changed.

"I've been a nurse 20 years and I wouldn't commit this negligence before God."

Guimaraes has retracted his confession and now insists that, "I didn't kill anyone. I didn't want to kill anyone." He has also said that he only confessed because police threatened to beat him. He also insisted that while he had directed relatives of dead patients to the funeral home of a friend, he had never received any payment for it.

Following these statements Marcelo Monteiro, a member of the prosecution team, which has charged Guimaraes with only four murders, said that, "I'm completely convinced he's a murderer. The proof will demonstrate he's responsible for what happened." "I'm convinced the only truths he told today were his name, date of birth and address."

Proving Guimaraes is a serial killer may be difficult. You see, death by an overdose of potassium chloride, which stops the heart, is what Brazilians call a "white death," something that leaves no identifying anatomical or chemical signature during a routine autopsy.

Autopsies on the last two patients thought to be his victims show red stains on their hearts and lungs characteristic of asphyxia, but such marks could occur after the failure of an oxygen mask, for instance.

So until we get a lot more autopsy reports it is going to be very difficult to prove anything in this case. All we do know is that since Guimaraes was taken off the wing it has led to a halving of deaths, which is pretty strong evidence that maybe he was doing something fishy with the patients.

The Wacky World of Murder

 
 

Edson Isidora Guimaraes (5+)

For two years, officials at Rio's Salgado Filho Hospital could not understand the high death rate in the hospital's emergency intensive-care unit. The patients--many victims of grave accidents, cancer, strokes or heart disease--never had a particularly bright outlook. Still, the public hospital had invested in high-tech equipment, in new procedures and training, and the death rate had stubbornly refused to fall. That is, until they discovered the cause of the discrepancy: longtime nurse's aide Edson Guimaraes, a purported serial killer.

Guimaraes, 42, initially confessed to five murders, saying he had ended the patients' lives to ease their suffering. He also admitted to racing to notify the city's highly competitive funeral homes of the deaths, in hopes of earning a $60 tip if he was the first to report the death and the family signed a contract with the funeral home.

"He's no Dr. Kevorkian," said Flavio Silveira, the administrator of Salgado Filho, one of Rio's largest public hospitals. "This guy said he wanted to abbreviate suffering and also make some money on the side, because everybody gets some money on the side." Guimaraes' victims were mostly unconscious or comatose patients, whom he killed by lethal injection or by removing oxygen masks, prosecutors charge.

In late April a cleaning lady first spotted the gray-haired aide drawing a syringe of deadly potassium chloride from the supply room, slipping it into his pocket and then strolling into the intensive-care unit, doctors and prosecutors say. While Guimaraes made his rounds, the woman reported, he quietly pressed the needle into the IV drip bag of one of the unit's half-dozen patients and hit the plunger. Moments later the patient was dead. Alerted, administrators as a test transferred Guimaraes to an outpatient unit on his next shift. The death rate in intensive care fell to zero. When Guimaraes returned three days later, on May 4, four patients died, even as police waited in a nearby office to make an arrest.

A check of hospital records since has revealed that the unit's death rate doubled during Guimaraes' 12-hour shifts, from an average of just under two deaths to four or more. Between 1 January and 4 May, 131 of 225 deaths in the hospital's emergency ward occurred while Mr Guimaraes was on dutyAfter Guimaraes' arrest and confession, his lawyer appeared to be preparing an insanity defense. In a recent court deposition, however, Guimaraes, who has hired a new lawyer, changed his story. He said he confessed only because he was threatened by police.

Asked by reporters at a press conference if he had poisoned patients, Guimaraes said: "Some patients, yes." Asked if he had taken away patients' oxygen masks, he said: "The oxygen mask was taken away, yes. There were five patients that this happened to... I chose the patients I saw suffering, generally patients with AIDS, patients who were almost terminal. I am calm because the patients were in a coma and had no way of recovering."

Mayhem.net

 
 

Edson Guimaraes

May 8, 1999

A Brazilian male nurse working in one of Rio de Janeiro's main hospitals has been detained on suspicion of murdering 150 patients.

The nurse, Edson Guimaraes, is suspected of using lethal injections to kill the patients, some of whom were in a terminal condition.

In a video-taped statement broadcast on Brazil's Globo television, Mr Guimaraes is reported to have confessed to killing five seriously-ill patients, saying his aim was to "ease the anxiety of families which were agonising because a patient was suffering a lot".

But police suspect he is behind the deaths of dozens more patients since the beginning of the year.

'Undertaker's commission'

Local newspapers say police are investigating reports that Mr Guimaraes may have been paid a commission by undertakers to recommend their services to the patients' relatives.

The authorities were alerted to his alleged activities following a sharp increase in the number of deaths during his shifts at the city's Hospital Salgado Filho.

Between 1 January and 4 May, 131 of 225 deaths in the hospital's emergency ward occurred while Mr Guimaraes was on duty, Globo said.

In his statement, Mr Guimaraes appeared to alternate justification and remorse over his actions.

"I am not sorry because I am at peace, because the patient was in coma and there was no prospect of recovery," he said.

Later he added: "I do feel a bit sorry, OK, because I should not have taken anyone's life."

 
 


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