Just when we were beginning to think that all things bad seem occur at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina, 435 miles to the North, another scandal broke concerning Reta Mays, a former nursing assistant at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.Va.
We researched this new scandal regarding the Veterans Administration and realized, a piece of the puzzle seems to be missing, but more on that below.
U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced that Reta Mays, 46, of Harrison County, W.Va., a former nursing assistant pled guilty to murder and assault in the deaths of eighth veterans under her care in federal court in Clarksburg, W.Va., Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
At a plea hearing, Mays, 46, admitted to intentionally killing the veterans, injecting them with unprescribed insulin while she worked overnight shifts at the hospital in northern West Virginia between 2017 and 2018.
Reta’s voice cracked throughout the hearing as she answered a judge’s questions. She shook and appeared to weep as details of the charges were read aloud.
Mays’ motive is still unclear, saying that authorities did not receive a “satisfactory response” to questions about the reasoning behind her actions.
U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said, “Though we can’t bring these men back because of her evil acts, we hope the conclusion of the investigation and guilty plea helps ease the pain of the victims’ families.”
Take note of the words, “we hope the conclusion of the investigation and guilty plea helps ease the pain of the victims’ families.” Maybe it wasn’t the pain of victim’s families, but rather the pain and embarrassment for the VA, that authorities wanted to conclude as soon as possible.
Court records named Mays publicly, came after multiple families initiated civil lawsuits against VA leadership alleging a widespread system of failures at the hospital, where victims were wrongfully given insulin and suddenly died.
The widow of one of the victims, 81-year-old George Nelson Shaw Sr., filed a case against the VA alleging the retired Air Force member was given four insulin shots without a doctor’s order in March 2018, accusing the hospital of failing to securely store insulin and prevent its access by unauthorized personnel. As only a nursing assistant, Mays did not have authorization or qualifications to administer medications.
In a statement, a spokesman for the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center said hospital officials reported the deaths to the VA inspector general and noted that they fired Mays. That’s strange; the VA has a general history of not only keeping people who screw up but promoting them for their outstanding work.
Powell has described a criminal investigation of the deaths, which initially involved at least 11 fatalities, as a top priority that required the exhumation of multiple victims. He told reporters Tuesday that prosecutors brought charges in all instances where there was sufficient evidence against Mays. The key words are “sufficient evidence.”
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, who previously expressed “grave concerns over the pace of the investigation” to Attorney General William Barr, said then that the VA inspector general told his office that the probe was opened in July 2018, after at least nine patients were diagnosed with unexplained low blood sugar.
“While overdue, today justice is finally being served,” Senator Joe Manchin said in a statement. “I hope today’s announcement brings some semblance of peace to their hearts and to the families who are still uncertain about the fate of their Veterans.”
A PIECE OF THE PUZZLE MISSING
Why did Reta Mays plead guilty to seven counts of second-degree murder? Why second-degree? Is the U.S. Attorney trying to tell us that little Reta “angle of death” Mays didn’t know that injecting insulin would probably cause death? If Mays injected a veteran and that veteran later died, then did it again, and that veteran died; don’t you think she could figure out that her injections were causing death?
And, the feds are trying to tell us they don’t know her motive. Wouldn’t divulging motive be part of the plea bargain agreement? If not, why not. If the feds were so interested in giving closure to the family and loved ones of the victims, why in the world would they not provide to them her motive for her injection spree?
We think the feds know her motive and are not disclosing why she killed with a needle. In fact, our gut tells us that she has been killing many more veterans than has been disclosed. How many was it before the feds finally started to investigate… 10, 15, 20, 100?
We think the Reta “angle of death” Mays is probably responsible for many more deaths than has been disclosed. While the evidence of murder might have been weak on some, it was probably very strong in many other cases. We are betting that other employees with knowledge were afraid of reprisals if they came forward.
Maybe the feds realized the full scope of her death trail, and just didn’t want the VA to endure a monumental scandal. In other words, seven dead is shocking enough, but 200 dead is enough to rock the VA to the point that many people would have to be held to account by either legal charges, dismissals and demotions. The Secretary of the VA would most certainly have to resign.
Senator Joe Manchin started to demand answers, so the feds made a decision to tie it off ending the investigation.
WHY DID THE ANGEL OF DEATH PLEAD GUILTY?
Executions in West Virginia before 1899 were public and carried out by each county. Between 1899 and 1959, 94 men were executed in West Virginia. All of the executions before 1950 were by hanging, and briefly between 1951 and 1959, West Virginia used (sparky) the electric chair.
In 1965, West Virginia abolished the death penalty, so tell us again why Reta “angel of death” Mays confess to the murder of seven veterans? It didn’t make any difference if she was charged with one murder or fifty.
It didn’t make any difference if she was charged with murder 1, or murder 2, or murder 3; Reta Mays was not going to be put to death in West Virginia.
With the death penalty off the table, most defense counsels would make the government prove its case against their client unless their client received something in return for pleading guilty.
What did the government offer the angel-of-death if she would admit to killing seven veterans? Indeed, a piece of the puzzle is missing here? Reta Mays admits to committing murder, but we can assure you… she was no angel.
Our gut tells us Reta Mays had been roaming the halls of the VA medical center killing many more veterans than the government wanted to admit. We also suspect that her suspicious behavior had been reported to VA supervisors many times before the lid came off the pot.
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