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Killer German nurse murdered ‘at least 90’
    2017-August-30  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A MALE nurse jailed for life two years ago for killing two hospital patients with lethal drug overdoses murdered at least 90 patients in total, and possibly twice as many, German police said Monday, calling it the country’s worst killing spree since World War II.

Niels Hoegel, 40, was jailed in February 2015 for two murders and four counts of attempted murder or causing bodily harm on intensive-care patients at the Delmenhorst hospital near the northern city of Bremen.

Police said Monday that forensics experts had since exhumed and analyzed more than 130 additional bodies and had found evidence of a vastly higher death toll at two hospitals where Hoegel had worked between 1999 and 2005.

“The insights we were able to gain are terrifying, they surpass what we could have imagined,” said Johann Kuehme, police chief in Oldenburg, where the other hospital is located.

There was “evidence for at least 90 murders, and at least as many (suspected) cases again that can no longer be proven,” he told a press conference.

Hoegel has admitted to injecting patients with drugs that can cause heart failure or circulatory collapse so he could then try to revive them and, when successful, shine as a savior before his medical peers.

He earlier testified that at times he acted out of “boredom,” that he felt euphoric when he managed to bring a patient back to life, and devastated when he failed.

After the revelations, police and prosecutors three years ago launched a special forensic commission to look into other patient deaths. Presenting their findings, police said yesterday that 134 bodies had been exhumed and tested for traces of the deadly drugs.  (SD-Agencies)

 

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