A serial killer who may have murdered up to 60 young children and is said to be the inspiration for Annie Wilkes Steven King's Misery was set to be released from prison in March 2018. Nurse Genene Jones, also known as the "Angel of Death," was scheduled to be freed due to legislation designed to cut down on prison overcrowding in Texas.
The working theory is that Nurse Jones enjoyed the praise and attention she received from injecting infants and other young patients with life-threatening drugs and then reviving them. Unfortunately, many of her patients could not be saved.
Her known killings started in 1978 at the Bexar County Hospital (now The University Hospital of San Antonio). After a few years, the hospital noticed that a statistically unusual amount of infants were dying under her care as a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit — 120 infant losses in the space of four years were later investigated for the case against her. Despite multiple inquiries and one outright accusation of murder from a fellow nurse, Jones was merely asked to resign.
After leaving Bexar County, she was hired at a pediatric physician's clinic in Kerrville, Texas, not far from her previous place of employment. After six children died in her care, the clinic doctor discovered puncture marks in a bottle containing succinylcholine, a substance that causes muscle paralysis and can stop a person from breathing. The bottle was in a closet that only one staff member had access to — Nurse Jones.
Jones was charged with poisoning six children and in 1985 was sentenced to 99 years in prison for the death of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan. In the same year, she was given a 60-year sentence for nearly killing another child, 4-week-old Rolando Jones.
In 2017, when it was discovered that Nurse Jones was scheduled to be released, prosecutors brought forth a fresh murder charge for the death of 2-year-old Rosemary Vega in 1981. One of the prosecutors referred to Jones as "pure evil" in a statement about the new charge.
The charge, and four additional charges after that, is based on alleged confessions to Jones' parole officer and a fellow inmate. She reportedly told the officer in tears that "I really did kill those babies" and allegedly told the inmate that "I didn’t kill those babies, the voices in my head did."
Prosecutors have been presenting new charges and evidence this month, and it seems likely that Jones will not be released any time soon.