Local author reveals the truth behind Lufkin's 'Killer Nurse'

John Foxjohn, author
John Foxjohn, author

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It was a case that shocked the county, let alone the country. Just one year after Kimberly Clark Saenz was convicted for injecting and killing five dialysis patients with bleach, a new novel is about to reveal the horrors and truths behind Lufkin's very own serial killer.

The book will be released nationwide Wednesday and author John Foxjohn says he believes the book will have major traction with readers because there's nothing like it.

"This has a drawing card that no other book had because there's no other case that has ever had it. No one has ever been accused, charged and convicted of murdering someone with bleach," Foxjohn said.

In 2008, Saenz, a licensed practical nurse, was working at the Lufkin Davita clinic when five Dialysis patients mysteriously died. She was later found guilty of murder on April 2, 2012 and sentenced to life imprisonment with no eligibility for parole and three 20-year sentences for aggravated assault.

"This was a lady that made a decision to kill people and we think based on the evidence she killed and injured people that she didn't like," Clyde Herrington, the prosecutor in the case, said.

From E! television to Nancy Grace, Saenz was on everyone's televisions. But for Foxjohn, a former homicide detective, Saenz's story had only begun.

"I was sitting in the courtroom and I was just looking around and all the tension was building and that was when I knew," Foxjohn said.

237 interviews, and 326 pages later, "Killer Nurse" was born.

"Mr. Foxjohn was there virtually for every court session, every day at jury selection and every day at trial," Herrington said.

Foxjohn's hard work paid off with a book deal with Penguin Publishing, one of the largest publishing companies in the country. In the book, Herrington is seen as a heroic character; a key player on "Team Justice." But despite playing a major character in the book, Herrington says he hasn't read it and doesn't think of himself as a hero.

"I regret that a healthcare provider got in this situation and I would like to say that it won't happen again, but there's no group of people, no socioeconomic status, no race, no profession that's exempt from having somebody that commits crime," Herrington said. "I just wanted folks who would spend the effort to understand the facts and the science behind the case. I think we were really blessed. I think we had some incredibly exceptional folks."

But one person who isn't a fan of the book is Defense Attorney Ryan Deaton who is noted throughout the book to have misrepresented facts during the trial.

In a statement released to KTRE News, Deaton says "I must begin my sincere apology because I will not be able to openly discuss Mr. Foxjohn's poorly written, fictitious book. While I would relish the opportunity to clear up the rampant mischaracterizations and blatant lies regarding the portrayal of me, my investigator, my family, Kimberly Saenz, and her family, I could not do so without breaching the ethical rules against disclosing information protected by attorney-client privilege."

Herrington says he knows Deaton is a hard worker, but the differences him and Deaton are written to have in the book are true.

"Ryan Deaton violated several court rulings about what was proper to address and I felt like that he really did try to twist the facts and mislead the jury and it really made me mad. I think defense lawyers have a job to do and I think Ryan worked incredibly hard, but I don't necessarily agree with how he handled the case," Herrington said.

But no matter what "Killer Nurse" reveals, Foxjohn says it is the truth.

"He [Deaton] may not like them, but that's what happened. The book is a true story as much as I can make it," Foxjohn said.

Foxjohn and Herrington said the true heroes in this case are the family members who lost a loved one.

Foxjohn will be having a book signing at the Lufkin Starbucks from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. He will also be having a larger book signing at the crime bookstore Murder by the Book in Houston on August 17. The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.com, and will be available in all bookstores nationwide Wednesday.

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