Killer : German nurse suspected of killing at least 84 patients

Marie Harrington
August 29, 2017

In February 2015, Hoegel was sentenced to life in prison on charges of killing two patients.

Numerous killings could have been prevented if local health authorities had acted on their suspicions at the time, Mr K├╝hme said.

'And as if all that were not enough, we must realise that the real dimension of the killings by Niels is likely many times worse'.

The man, identified only as Niels H. under reporting rules, has "confessed in many of those cases", a police statement said, but could not remember all the details of his actions.

Nurse Niels Hegel means claimed to have killed about 90 patients in the intensive care departments of hospitals in the cities of Delmenhorst and Oldenburg.

Hoegel admitted during his trial that he caused cardiac crises in approximately 90 patients so could resuscitate them.

At least 84 of the convicted killer's former patients were found to have died after suffering from injections of five different forms of medication, Johan Kuehme, chief of police in Oldenburg, told reporters.

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A year ago the bodies of 130 former patients were exhumed following a court order, with police detecting evidence of Hoegel's involvement in additional murders.

Another problem in determining the true horror is that numerous cases go back years and people struggle to remember exact details of how loved ones died. "People at the clinic in Oldenburg knew of the abnormalities". He worked at a clinic in Delmenhorst, an urban district in Lower Saxony, at the time, ITV reported.

The crimes came to light after Hoegel was convicted of attempted murder in another case.

The experts were left shocked when they were investigating the high death toll recorded at two hospitals where Hoegel had worked between 1999 and 2005. All to impress co-workers with his resuscitation skills.

The identities of the suspected 84 victims haven't been released.

He reportedly said he felt overjoyed when he received praise for bringing a patient back from the brink of death.

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