Killer Nurse: The Kimberly Clark-Saenz Story

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Heather L Lawton
"I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug."

The "Nightingale Pledge" all nurses undertake at the beginning of their careers. It is heartbreaking when patients fall prey to healthcare workers who decide against honoring this code of ethics.

Kimberly Clark-Saenz was a nurse who injected bleach into her patients and killed them. But this evil among the convalescent did not affect only in-patients. This profoundly immoral act touched investigators, the judge presiding over the case, the jury, the attorneys, and the victims' families.

Hospital Hell

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The first witness/patient said she saw Saenz taking a bucket with bleach and inserting a syringe needle into the bucket, drawing bleach, walking over to another patient, and injecting their intravenous bloodlines with the bleach. A few witnesses that saw Nurse Saenz do this stated they were 'terrified' because she was their nurse.

According to Sgt. Abbott, 17 or 18 patients were attacked during the month of April 2008, but five victims died in total during the nurse's reign of terror. Within five minutes of the first death, a second patient died from Saenz's bleach-blood concoction. Journalists familiar with the case noted that a few patients made it on Saenz's hit list because she didn't enjoy caring for them.

Traumatization For All Those Involved

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Sergeant Steven Abbott of the Lufkin Police Department stated he and the Lufkin, Texas community is forever traumatized by Nurse Saenz's actions. News of the 2008 crimes rippled through the southern populace that the killer nurse poured bleach into the dialysis machines patients needed to clean their blood.

What Created Wife, Mother, Murderer?

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The infamous nurse sounds child-like as she sat in a police station interrogation room and fiddled with her mobile phone as though she was at a "Ladies Who Lunch" event instead of accompanied by two detectives grilling her about multiple murders. Judging by her fidgeting, slurred speech, and lack of focus, the detectives speculated Saenz was on an unknown substance.

During their investigation, they found that Nurse Saenz had a daughter with her high school sweetheart and was married twice. Neither marriage was happy, but she fulfilled her goal as a vocational nurse. Investigators later discovered Saenz stole Demerol from a hospital she worked at early in her career to support her habit. Forensic Psychologist Dee Anand stated her addiction to substances influenced her actions, criminal behavior, and poor relationships.

'We Have To Face There Is Evil In This World'

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There are many ways to kill someone, quickly and painlessly. Ingesting bleach into the body is an evil way to murder a human being. According to Dr. Ellie Cannon, "If bleach enters the body, it abruptly disrupts the balance within the bloodstream, the water, and the electrolytes. With poison inside the body, the kidneys and the liver wouldn't be able to cope with removing that so quickly." Saenz was a nurse and had access to a sundry of medications and methods to kill. Why did she choose an odious path to murder?

The Needy Nurse

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It can be debated that Saenz wanted her patients to suffer because she was in pain, therefore ignoring the "Nightingale Pledge." Dr. Anand stated, "We expect the highest quality of care, we expect the highest standard of ethics, and we place high moral value on those who are caring for our sick, and the infirm, and the most needy." But unbeknownst to the people around her, Nurse Saenz may have been the neediest of all her victims.

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