Jailed German nurse suspected of killing at least 90 patients

Jailed German nurse suspected of killing at least 90 patients

In a gruesome incident that came to light on Monday, police officers in Germany have said a male nurse who was awarded life imprisonment, two years ago for killing two patients with lethal overdose of drug has in fact murdered at least 90 patients in total.

The original charges against Nils Hogel were about two killings and three murder attempts, as well as serious bodily injury, at the Delmenhorse Hospital where he worked during his arrest.

Police said Monday that investigators exhuming and analysing more bodies had so far found evidence of "84 more murders", which would make him one of Germany's worst ever serial killers. Numerous 40-year-old's suspected victims were cremated making the new investigation that much harder. Authorities subsequently investigated hundreds of deaths and exhumed former patients in Delmenhorst and Oldenburg. 40-year-old suspect Niels Högel is already serving a lifetime prison sentence for two further counts of murder and now, the local law enforcement is investigating his involvement in the deaths of dozens of additional patients.

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Niels Hoegel, 40, reportedly killed at least 86 hospital patients by intentionally giving them an overdose of heart medicine. But prosecutors have long said they believe he killed many more people, past year putting the figure at 43 at least.

"Eighty-four killings. leave us speechless", Kuehme said.

"The death toll is unique in the history of the German republic", said Arne Schmidt, the chief police investigator. He then attempted to resuscitate them, claiming he felt elated when he succeeded and devastated when he failed.

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Toxicological reports for 41 individuals have not been finished, which implies the quantity of casualties could rise, police said.

They said he had used five different drugs on the patients, including alkaloid ajmaline and arrhythmia drug sotalol, between 1999 and 2005. "The murder cases could have been prevented", said Kuehme, Police Chief.

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