Ahead of the curve.

I told you so:

Nurse who wanted new life with lover convicted of killing, dismembering husband.

And what are they teaching in nursing school? Ahem:

During the trial, prosecutors said McGuire organized William McGuire’s 2004 death using her expertise as a nurse so she could begin a new life with her lover, her boss at a fertility clinic.

Who knows what menace is creeping down the hospital hall in white shoes?

Posted at 4:09 pm in Current events |

14 responses to “Ahead of the curve.”

  1. LA mary said on April 23, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Hey, you don’t have to tell me. I know.

    But they don’t wear those white shoes so much anymore. Crocs and clogs mostly, in pastel colors.

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  2. brian stouder said on April 23, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    I liked this detail

    The body parts of William McGuire, 39, a computer programmer, were found in matching Kenneth Cole luggage that washed ashore in Virginia in May 2004.

    That, and her internet searches on the terms “undetectable poisons” and “ways to kill people.”

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  3. Danny said on April 23, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    Man, she should have just listened to Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” Classic.

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  4. Danny said on April 23, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Who knows what menace is creeping down the hospital hall in white shoes?

    I just remembered that I’ve been remiss in thanking Marcia for being a wonderful person and insightful poster. And whenever we disagree, I am surely the one who is wrong. And I really, really apologize for going on a Cariibean cruise.

    Whew. Close one!

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  5. LA mary said on April 23, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Take a look at the nurses’ parking lot at a hospital some day. Heavy on the big SUVs and muscle cars. I wouldn’t mess with a nurse.

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  6. nancy said on April 23, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    I wouldn’t either, not when their training includes prescription forgery and human butchery skills.

    I love how she dumped the body parts in matching luggage, though. You really can’t make this stuff up.

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  7. LA mary said on April 23, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    I’m not sure the curriculum actually includes those things, but they are skills that can be developed using a nursing education as a basis. The student nurses I talk to seem pretty sweet and idealistic. It’s either an act or they become tough and embittered with experience.
    I had a nurse apply for a job last month. She had been fired about five years ago, and I had to get her file from the archives to see if she was eligible for rehire. She had a list of drug “errors” about two pages long, single spaced, all drugs of the sort Rush Limbaugh favors. Somehow there had been “charting errors” on large quantities of Oxycontin, Dilaudid, Demerol with her name attached to them. She completely believes she did nothing wrong. She wants to know when she can come back, and smiles when she asks this. That’s scary.

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  8. Marcia said on April 23, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Danny comes through in the nick of time. I was just packing up my adult diapers and heading out to confront him.

    Oh, wait; wrong career.

    Anyway. I just got back from hearing Laura Lippman–okay, I’m going to gush all over the place. Wow, she’s brilliant! What a stunning speaker.

    I stuttered and stammered like someone’s mute cousin when I met her.

    And, and, she wrote “we’re virtually related” in my book. ‘Cause, you know, of Nancy’s link list.

    I am so cool.

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  9. Danny said on April 23, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Very cool about Laura Lippman.

    Totally off-topic, but I am so happy right now. My wife is conducting an HOA board meeting and only the female board members showed up … and they are Getting Stuff Done. Girl Power!

    Thankfully the two idiot guys on the board did not show up. There is one other cool guy on the board, but he he couldn’t be present.

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  10. Kim said on April 24, 2007 at 10:29 am

    One of the last official acts of my former life was to write a story about what I called “The case of the tri-chopt man.” A dopey editor gave the orders: Write about this case for Sunday’s A1. When I asked what, exactly, he had in mind he answered: Answer this: Who would do such a thing?

    My first thought, I swear: an angry wife who also happened to be a medical professional.

    So, off I went.

    “The first time it happened, it was weird.
    “The second time, creepy.
    “The third time — well, let’s just say nobody’s getting used to what has become the regular discovery of floating lugging packed with plastic-wrapped human remains that’s been bobbing along in the Chesapeake Bay.”

    Funniest line of a sick story: the poor police spokesman who said, “We certainly don’t think the dismemberment was self-inflicted, but we’re not ruling out any possibility.”

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  11. nancy said on April 24, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Kim, you’re a good writer. Why are we running people like you out of the business?

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  12. LA mary said on April 24, 2007 at 10:56 am

    They’re laying off a bunch of newsroom staff at the LA Times now. I heard it on the radio this morning.

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  13. Kim said on April 24, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    Awww, Nancy. Why ya goin’ and askin’ rhetorical questions?

    Seriously, thanks, but you know why. I worked for a soul-sucking company that cares not so much about the product as the profit. When you start calling the job The Factory, which morphs into The Writing Factory, then finally The Writing Factory of the Damned, well, it’s time to go.

    Life … as the lyrical Mitch might say, it’s too short.

    Sad thing is, I still love newspapers.

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  14. MichaelG said on April 24, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    They’ve just let go a bunch of newsroom folks (including a couple of columnists) at the Sacramento Bee. Also the Bee is noticeably thinner than it used to be.

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