Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Serial killer nurse admits murdering 100 patients

Serial killer nurse admits murdering 100 patients

The ex-nurse, who is already serving a life sentence for the murder of two patients, stood trial on Tuesday, marking the latest development in the high-profile case.

A German nurse has admitted murdering 100 patients by giving them drug-induced heart attacks so he could bring them back to life.

As the proceedings opened in the northern city of Oldenburg, presiding judge Sebastian Buehrmann asked whether the charges against him were accurate, to which Hoegel replied "yes".

Hoegel deliberately injected patients in his care with powerful medications which he knew would send them into cardiac arrest, "in an attempt to show off his resuscitation skills to colleagues and fight off boredom", says CNN.

He has been labelled as Germany's most prolific serial killer since the Second World War for his horrific abuse of power.

A former nurse in Germany has admitted killing a hundred patients in his care.

His mass murder went unnoticed for years, partially because numerous patients he treated were already critically ill and because Hoegel tried to resuscitate his victims after deliberately putting them on the brink of death.

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Judge Bührmann said that the goal of the trial was to bring to light the full extent of Hoegel's crimes that have not been formally acknowledged for years.

Niels Hoegel, 41, confessed to killing his patients - between the ages of 34 and 96 - at two hospitals in northern Germany between 2000 and 2005. Prisoners serving life sentences are usually considered for parole after 15 years. "The aim is for Hoegel to stay in custody as long as possible".

"We want him to get the sentence that he deserves", said Frank Brinkers, whose father died in an overdose allegedly administered by Hoegel.

Högel was caught red-handed in Delmenhorst in the summer of 2005.

In the UK, Dr Harold Shipman was believed to have killed as many as 250 people, majority elderly and middle-aged women who were his patients.

However, a police investigation concluded that he could have been stopped earlier if the two hospitals had not "failed to report the disturbing increase in fatalities when Högel was working", says Deutsche Welle.

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