Genene Anne Jones (born July 13, 1950) is a former pediatric nurse who killed somewhere between 11 and 46 infants and children in her care. She used injections of digoxin, heparin and later succinylcholine to induce medical crises in her patients, with the intention of reviving them afterward to receive praise and attention. These medications are known to cause heart paralysis and other complications. Many children did not survive the initial attack and could not be revived. The exact number of murders remain unknown, as hospital officials destroyed records of her activities to prevent further litigation after Jones’ first conviction. While working at the Bexar County Hospital (now The University Hospital of San Antonio) in the Pediatric Intensive care unit, it was determined that an inordinate number of children were dying. Rather than pursue further investigation the hospital asked Jones to resign, which she did.
Genene was born on July 13, 1950, and was adopted by Dick and Gladys Jones. Dick worked in the entertainment business, operating nightclubs. Genene felt left out and unfavored by her parents. She called herself the “black sheep.” She pretended to be ill to get people to notice. There were acquaintances who called her aggressive and friends who said she betrayed them. She was known for lying and manipulating. Genene was close to her younger brother, Travis, who loved to be in their father’s shop. When he was 14, he put together a pipe bomb that blew up, killing him. Genene believed the remedy to her pain was to get married right away. Gladys soon turned to the bottle, getting drunk but refused to give permission for Genene to marry. When Genene graduated, she married a high school dropout, James “Jimmy” Harvey DeLany Jr. After seven months of marriage, he enlisted in the navy and Genene had affairs with married men. She spread rumors she was sexually abused as a child. With no real plans, Genene enrolled in beauty school. Jimmy returned from the navy and they had a child. She left her husband, they reconciled then parted again for good. Watch Genene Jones video (student project)
Soon after, Genene’s older brother died of cancer. It was another loss, and her fear of cancer from working with hair dyes made a career change necessary. She worked in a hospital salon, so it wasn’t a stretch to train as a nurse. She was pregnant, so she had two children to care for. After only eight months at her first job at San Antonio’s Methodist Hospital, she was fired because she tried to make decisions where she had no authority. It was then that the Bexar County Hospital hired her. Genene liked to feel needed, and spent long hours on the ward during her 3-11 p.m. shift, insisting her attention was important. She skipped classes on the handling of drugs and made nursing errors. She developed a dependency on sick children, refusing orders because she wanted to do what was “best” for the child. While there were sufficient grounds for dismissal, the head nurse Pat Belko liked and protected her. Genene never admitted mistakes and she bullied new nurses into looking to her for help. As she took charge, Genene grew more arrogant, aggressive and foul-mouthed. She talked about her sexual conquests. She made harrowing predictions about which baby was going to die, which upset the new nurses. watch american serial killer – genene jones
In 1981, Jones demanded to be put in charge of the sickest patients. That placed her close to those who died. She seemed to thrive on the excitement of an emergency and even on grief. While she prepared a body, she would sing to it and took the corpse to the morgue. This routine was a regular procession. Genene often cried as she performed this task, but it did seem as if she liked to cry. There was one two-week period where seven children died. The need for resuscitation seemed constant but only when Genene was around. Those in the most critical condition were under her care. “They’re going to start thinking I’m the Death Nurse,” Jones quipped one day. In fact, some of the staff called her hours the Death Shift. She enjoyed calling parents to let them know about their child’s death. If a baby’s health was bad, she announced to the other nurses, “Tonight is the night.” If a child was near death, she took interest. She wanted to be there when it happened. While rumors passed around that Genene was doing something to these children, Pat defended her. It was just gossip from nurses who were jealous of her competence. Watch mass murder part 5
Petti McClellan took her blond, blue-eyed baby daughter Chelsea into the pediatric clinic. It was Friday, September 17, 1982. Chelsea was 8 months old, but she had a cold. Dr. Holland ordered two standard inoculations. Shortly after Genene injected the first needle, Chelsea started having trouble breathing so McClellan asked her to stop. Jones ignored her and gave the child a second injection. Chelsea stopped breathing. An ambulance was called and transported Chelsea to Sid Peterson Hospital. Jones carried the child in her arms and said, “And they said there wouldn’t be any excitement when we came to Kerrville.” After 20 minutes, Chelsea was dead. Jones sobbed over the body as she cleaned it up. Petti could not come to terms with the fact that Chelsea was dead. A week after the funeral, Petti went to the cemetery to lay flowers on her daughter’s grave. Genene was kneeling at the foot of Chelsea’s grave, sobbing and wailing the child’s name. “What are you doing here?” McClellan asked. Confronted, Jones returned a blank stare and walked away. watch texas baby killer could go free
It was at the pediatrics clinic in Kerrville that she was charged with poisoning six children. The doctor in the office discovered puncture marks in a bottle of succinylcholine that was found to be diluted with saline. Jones claimed to have been acting in the best interests of her patients; justifying the need for a pediatric intensive-care unit in Kerrville. Three former Bexar employees, including Jones, were questioned by grand juries. At some point, Genene married a 19-year-old boy, possibly to deflect tabloid rumors that she was a lesbian. She was caught trying to flee with him.
In 1985, Jones was sentenced to 99 years in prison for killing 15 month-old Chelsea McClellan with succinylcholine. Later that year, she was sentenced to a term of 60 years in prison for nearly killing another infant, Rolando Jones ,with heparin. However, she will serve only one-third of her sentence because of a law in place to deal with prison overcrowding. Jones will receive automatic parole in 2017. She is currently eligible for parole every two to three years, but has been denied six times. What motivates these people? “Ego and a compulsion for domination,” say some experts. “She is obsessed with the need to control those who are completely dependent on her. Some, like Genene Jones, are also motivated by a need for attention. While they appear to be going about their routines, they are making decisions about who should live and who should die. What happens to the patient does not matter to the caretakers; what matters is what the incident does for them.”