John Steinbeck wrote in Travels with Charley: In Search of America “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” Meaning how do we know how to celebrate the light without experiencing the dark? Nothing exists without its opposite. I have for years celebrated the people who I found had lived or are living inspiring lives. I highlight their examples, their struggles, their successes and failures. Their beauty. Their longevity or brevity to accomplish everything they did. Something about them inspires me. All of the choices they made put them on the list, they chose to create art.
There are people that choose the opposite and will go down in history as the worst of the worst. Weak. Possibly mentally ill victims of their circumstances. When the cards were stacked against them, still in possession their free will, they chose to be monsters.
Maybe focusing on all the good has made us take it for granted and to expect it. Maybe we have to be reminded that monsters are real and walking among us?
NAME: Genene Anne Jones
CLASSIFICATION: Serial killer
CHARACTERISTICS: Nurse – Jones seemed to thrill in putting the small children in mortal peril and thrusting herself into the role of hero when the children pulled through
NUMBER OF VICTIMS: 11 +
DATE OF MURDER: 1977 – 1982
DATE OF ARREST: November 21, 1982
DATE OF BIRTH: July 13, 1950
VICTIM PROFILE: Infants and children
METHOD OF MURDER: Poisoning (digoxin, heparin and succinylcholine)
LOCATION: San Antonio, Texas, USA
STATUS: Sentenced to 99 years in prison on February 15, 1984. Sentenced to a concurrent term of 60 years in prison on October 24, 1984
BEST KNOWN FOR: Genene Jones murdered somewhere between 11 to 46 children while working at a Texas medical center. She was sentenced to 99 years in prison in 1985.
Genene Jones was born on July 13, 1950, in San Antonio, Texas, and given up for adoption. Jones worked as a beautician before going into nursing in 1977. She worked at several hospitals in the San Antonio, Texas, area before transferring to a medical clinic in the early 1980s.
It is believed that while working at Bexar County Medical Center Hospital, Genene Jones killed between 11 and 46 infants and children who were in her care by injecting them with heparin and succinylcholine. The exact number of murders remains unknown because after the first conviction, hospital officials destroyed records of her activities to prevent further litigation and public outrage.
In 1985, Jones was convicted of two crimes: the murder of Chelsea McClellan and the attempted murder of Rolando Santos. She was sentenced to 99 years in prison, but according to CNN, she is scheduled to receive parole in 2018 due to a law in place at the time of her sentencing to reduce prison overcrowding.
She was portrayed by Susan Ruttan in the television movie Deadly Medicine (1991) and by Alicia Bartya in the straight-to-video movie Mass Murder (2002). She was also featured in a Discovery Channel documentary, Lethal Injection, season five of Forensic Files entitled “Nursery Crimes” as well as the “Dark Secrets” episode of Investigation Discovery’s Deadly Women, and was said to have inspired Annie Wilkes from Stephen King’s Misery.