Ludivine Chambet: A Nursing Assistant to Poisoner
Written By: JASR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Ludivine Chambet was a caregiver who was initially leading a normal life until the death of her mother. She started killing her patients after the devastating tragedy. She became accused of poisoning 13 elderly people in a retirement home in Jacob-Bellecombette in Savoy.
Ludivine Chambet was born in 1983 near Chambéry. Chambet was born with an open abdomen and suffered from Wiedemann-Beckwith syndrome – a rare genetic disease that includes physical deformities – prompting her to undergo heavy operations during her early years.
Chambet was often mocked in school. Reports say she has been depressed since coming of age. Despite having only a few friends, Chambet thrived in her training as a nursing assistant. She later got a job at the accommodation facility for dependent elderly people in (Ehpad) Le Césalet. She has always wanted to “be at the service of the person.”
Her career seemed to fulfill her, but her colleagues would notice her occasionally bizarre character. Chambet would cry for no reason in the halls of the nursing home.
Chambet was said to be leading a “completely normal” life until a particular tragedy. In 2012, Chambet’s mother, whom she was close with, was diagnosed with acute leukemia. After 13 months of illness, her mother died at the age of 62.
A year after the tragedy, Chambet administered cocktails of neuroleptics and antidepressants to some of her patients. She poisoned 13 patients between the end of 2012 and the end of 2013 – 10 of which died.
The police reportedly found 520 to 530 internet searches done between May and October 2013. These searches include: “How to kill a man,” “Drug causing cardiac arrest,” and “How to induce a coma.”
Chambet, however, claims that she does not remember. “At no time do I see myself doing this research. I was really out of touch with reality, with this personality asking to do what I did, this double Ludivine,” she said. On the contrary, psychiatric experts rule out any mental illness or split personality. When faced with investigators, Chambet calmly explained that she wanted to “relieve” the elderly in her care.
According to a source close to the investigation, Chambet admitted to wanting to relieve the suffering of patients, but she “does not recognize having wanted to kill them.” However, none of these people were close to dying at the time.
“What I did is very terrible,” Chambet said on the first day of her trial in 2017. She apologized to the families of the victims but did not manage to explain the murders – aside from inducing a “wicked” part of her personality in relation to the disruption caused by her mother’s death.
The court and the jury sentenced Chambet to 25 years of criminal imprisonment. The sentence includes a socio-judicial follow-up with 10 years of compulsory care. Upon her release, she is banned from exercising her profession as a nursing assistant.
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