Genene Anne Jones, the former pediatric nurse who allegedly killed dozens of infants and children in her care, is up for a parole hearing and crime victim advocates insist that she must not be released from prison. "She should absolutely not be released from prison," Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed was quoted as saying in an Aug. 6 Newsradio 1200 WOAI report. "We have made every effort to see that that doesn't happen," Reed emphasized.
Genene Jones was convicted of the murder of a child and sentenced to 99 years back in 1984. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Jones, who is now 64, was a practicing nurse at several pediatric clinics in Texas. Interestingly, coinciding with the entry of this woman to the hospitals, many newborns began to die -- a fact which led officials to investigate Jones. However, rather than pursue further investigation the hospital simply asked Jones to resign, which she did.
After practicing several autopsies on the bodies of the children, authorities determined that most of the deaths had been caused by a substance called digoxin. This substance is very common to treat cases of various cardiac arrhythmias or heart problems. It is delivered intravenously. Suspicions that Jones was behind these deaths were very high and obvious, but police didn't have sufficient incriminating evidence.
Jones is suspected of killing as many as 60 babies and young children, which earned her the name, 'The Angel of Death.' She used injections of digoxin, heparin and later succinylcholine to induce medical crises in her patients, with the intention of reviving them afterward in order to receive praise and attention. These medications are known to cause heart paralysis and other complications when given as an overdose. Many children, however, did not survive the initial attack and could not be revived. The exact number of murders remain unknown, as hospital officials allegedly first misplaced then destroyed records of her activities to prevent further litigation after Jones' first conviction.
She is believed to be the model for the evil character of Anne Wilkes in the Stephen King thriller 'Misery,' Murderpedia wrote. The Texas Ranger who handled the investigation described Jones as being one of the worst killers and criminals he had ever seen.
A parole hearing for Jones is scheduled for Wednesday. Although she is expected to remain locked behind bars, she may be a free woman soon thanks to mandatory release laws designed to relieve prison overcrowding in the 1980’s. The laws state that even the most violent and dangerous criminals were credited with three days in prison for every day of good behavior behind bars. The law has long since been revised, but it still applies to criminals convicted during that era. As a result, Jones is scheduled for release in 2017.