Edson Isidora Guimaraes

Edson Isidora Guimaraes

Edson Isidora Guimaraes (b. 1957) is a Brazillian nursing assistant and convicted serial killer. [ [ "Serial Murder by Healthcare Professionals"] ] 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.


Guimaraes worked as a nurse in the Salgado Filho Hospital in the Méier district of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was caught in 1999 when a hospital porter saw Guimaraes 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. [http://digital.library.adelaide.edu.au/dspace/bitstream/2440/41890/1/02whole.pdf John Field, "Caring to Death: a discursive analysis of nurses who murder patients", 2007, pp. 44-45] ] 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." [ "Brazilian police: Nurse may have killed up to 132 patients in the past four months", Associated Press] ]

He was convicted on February 21, 2000, of the murders of four patients and sentenced to 76 years in prison. [http://books.google.pl/books?id=hhj70gx9eSIC&pg=PA169&lpg=PA169&dq=%22Samuel+Green%22+murder+rape+%22new+england%22&source=web&ots=OHoD7WDaeq&sig=G271sf40LYsa4leiUnqgxQKLjx0&hl=pl&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=9&ct=result#PPA171,M1 Amanda Howard and Martin Smith, "River of Blood: Serial Killers and Their Victims", Universal-Publishers, 2004, p. 171] ] 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 calm 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 began doing it to earn money and then just lost control".

ee also

*Abraão José Bueno - Brazilian nurse found guilty of 4 murders
*Skin Hunters - four Polish nurses and doctors in Łódź who killed patients and then informed local funeral homes in return for a fee


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