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'I'm not gonna forgive her for nothing,' says daughter of Elizabeth Wettlaufer victim

Susan Horvath says she has no room in her heart to forgive the ex-nurse who killed her father and seven other nursing home residents.
Susan Horvath, daughter of victim Arpad Horvath, holds a photo of her father on what would have been his 70th birthday as she speaks to the media outside in Woodstock, Ont., April 21. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)

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Susan Horvath says she will always remember her father Arpad Horvath as a strong man who hung on until the very end.

"He's a fighter," she told As It Happens host Carol Off. "He's a fighter and I'm glad I'm like my dad."

Former registered nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer, 49, pleaded guilty in Superior Court on Thursday to murdering Arpad and seven other nursing home residents in Woodstock and London, Ont.

In her testimony, Wettlaufer said Horvath resisted her attempts to give him the insulin injection that killed him. 

"Even until the end, he fought," Horvath said, her voice cracking. "He was strong. All the time, regardless of what health issues he had, he was strong. And I'm very happy that I resemble him a lot in the family, because that's what's been pulling me through all of this, I gotta tell you."

Wetlauffer said in court on Thursday that "red surge" would come over her when she was about to kill someone. After giving a patient a lethal injection, she said she would  get "a laughing feeling."

"She was playing God," Horvath said. "Total serial killer mentality."

Horvath says while she's glad Wetlauffer pleaded guilty and spared her a years-long trial, that doesn't change the fact that her father has been taken from her forever.

"If he was here today, we would be very happy, but he's not because she decided to end his life, so now we don't have him anymore."

​Horvath says she always suspected her father wasn't being treated well in the nursing home, and his murder has left her more suspicious of others than ever.

"I know a lot of people, family members, who are super trusting. I'm not," she said. "Now I really don't trust people."

Elizabeth Wettlaufer enters the Provincial courthouse in Woodstock, Ont., on June 1, 2017. The former nurse pleaded guilty to killing eight seniors in her care. (Peter Power/Canadian Press)

Andrea Silcox, daughter of victim James Silcox, recently told reporters she will forgive Wetlauffer, because that's what her father would have wanted.

But Horvath says for her, that just isn't possible.

"No forgiveness for her, whatsoever. Not a chance," she said. "No, I'm sorry. I'm too tough-hearted for that. I'm not gonna forgive her for nothing. She knew what she was doing."