German Nurse Charged with the Killing of 100 people

A German Nurse already serving life in prison for two murders has been charged with the killing of 100 patients over several years at two separate hospitals in the north-west of Germany.

The charges come after investigators completed toxicology examination on patients who died during the time Niels Hoegel was a nurse in hospitals in districts of Oldenburg and Delmen. If convicted, Mr Niels Hoegel would be deadliest serial killer in Germany since the war.

During the trial, Mr Hoegel had said he intentionally brought cardiac crisis through the use of various drugs on 90 patients, because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate his patients.

The statement from Mr Hoegel is what promoted the police to carry out toxicology examination on dozens of other patients who died at the hospitals he used to work.

According to 9 news, police in Germany revived more than 500 patients files; they exhumed 134 bodies from 67 cemeteries.

The authorities are now pursuing criminal cases against former staff at the medical facility. Stating that if the medical facilities reported Mr Hoegel earlier, he would have been stopped before lives where lost.

Germany does have consecutive convictions but additional convictions could affect Mr Hoegel’s parole. Currently, people in prison serving life are eligible for parole after 15 years. But Germany does have consecutive convictions.