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"Angel of Death" Nurse Allegedly Confesses to Killing Dozens of Children

"Angel of Death" Nurse Allegedly Confesses to Killing Dozens of Children

In April of this year, prosecutors came forward with an alleged prison confession from Genene Jones, who is a former Texas pediatric nurse. Jones has been in jail since 1982, when she was convicted of killing one toddler and suspected of killing up to 60 small children.

Jones, who is now 68, is known as an “Angel of Death.” During her time as a San Antonio nurse, she was followed from various hospitals and clinics between 1977 and 1982. In 1984, Jones was sentenced to 99 years in prison, which would make her 131-years-old upon release. She earned her life sentence for knowingly administering a fatal overdose to Chelsea McClennan, who was a 15-month-old little girl in Kerrville, Texas.

So why would anyone be talking about this horrific, but dated, case now? In May 2017, a new murder charge was filed against Genene Jones when prosecutors found out that her potential release date had been moved up to March 2018 because of a since-repealed piece of legislation, which was created to control and cut back on overcrowded conditions in prisons.

Since the news of her possible release date, Jones was indicted on four new murder counts, which are for the murders of four boys and one girl. The victims’ ages ranged from three months up to two years, reports Texas Monthly.

According to the magazine reports from April, Bexar County Assistant District Attorney Jason Goss dropped a figurative bomb in court during a pretrial hearing. Goss accused Jones of confessing to more killings in 1998 while talking to her parole officer.

Goss went on to explain that Jones was in tears as she spoke to her parole officer, admitting, “I really did kill those babies,” in a meeting in front of the parole board review.

Jones isn’t just accused of trying to clear her guilty conscience by admitting to the murders to her parole officer. Goss went on to allege that Jones once talked to one of her fellow inmates about the murders. In fact, this bone-chilling confession was a catalyst for the fellow inmate, who wrote a letter to the parole board begging them to oppose Jones’ release.

Jones’ anonymous confidant said that Jones said, “I didn’t kill those babies. The voices in my head did.”

Jones has pleaded not guilty to the five new counts.

These new charges are the culminating effort of an investigation done by a task force created in January, 2015. The investigation team was tasked with looking into Jones and all of her alleged crimes after the public outrage from the possibility that Jones would get out 63 years ahead of schedule.

What could make a nurse commit these crimes? Read on to find out.

Photo source: Robert Latorre