'Bored' German serial killer nurse charged with 97 more murders

by Susie Olson January 24, 2018, 11:34
'Bored' German serial killer nurse charged with 97 more murders

German prosecutors made a stunning announcement Monday, charging Niels Hoegel with 97 murders of patients in his care.

The new indictment against Niels Hoegel was expected after officials said in November that he may have killed more than 100 patients in total.

Prosecutor Martin Koziolek said three suspicious cases didn't produce enough evidence to be on the list of killings.

The crimes for which he is already behind bars came to light after he was convicted of attempted murder in another case - with prosecutors reviewing more than 500 patient files and hundreds of hospital records.

The nurse worked at a clinic from 1999 to 2002 in Oldenburg, and from 2003 to 2005 in Delmenhorst, both in the country's north.

They added that the nurse would have been aware that the drugs would cause heart abnormalities in his patients, leading to heart failure, circulatory collapse and death. The patient survived and Niels was arrested.

Any additional convictions against Hoegel would only affect his possibility of parole, as consecutive sentences are not part of Germany's legal system.

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Amid the media publicity, a woman then contacted police, voicing suspicion that her deceased mother had also fallen victim to the killer nurse.

He was jailed for life in 2015, but at the time it was clear he had murdered many more patients, with investigators admitting they may never know the true number as some remains had been cremated.

Ten years ago, a German nurse was convicted of killing 28 elderly patients.

Oldenburg public prosecutors office confirmed Monday that, following extensive investigations and toxicology analyses, Niels H.is being charged with an additional 97 murders.

In past hearings, Hoegel said he felt euphoric when he managed to bring a patient back to life, and devastated when he failed, AFP said.

In Britain, Doctor Harold Shipman was believed to have killed as many as 250 people, a lot of them elderly and middle-aged women who were his patients. In general, people serving life sentences are considered for parole after 15 years.


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