German nurse says patient death charges are largely true

Alicia Farmer
November 1, 2018

The death toll may be even higher than now assumed, because some victims - ages between 34 and 96 - were cremated.

"We will do our utmost to learn the truth".

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

"The prosecutor's office assumes that he did this in order to create a life-threatening situation in order to demonstrate his resuscitation skills to colleagues and superiors", the indictment states, according to DW. Niels Högel is now serving a life sentence for killing two patients.

The murderer was first caught in 2005 when he injected the wrong drugs into a patent at the Delmenhorst hospital.

A nurse has told a German court that he fatally poisoned more than 100 patients over five years.

He has been labelled as Germany's most prolific serial killer since the Second World War for his horrific abuse of power. "It is like a house with dark rooms - we want to bring light into the darkness".

About 126 relatives of the victims are plaintiffs in the trial, according to DW.

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The accused Hoegel has already spent almost a decade in prison after being convicted of two murders and two attempted murders in 2015.

In general, people serving life sentences are considered for parole after 15 years.

It was then that Hoegel confessed to his psychiatrist at least 30 more murders were committed in Delmenhorst, prompting investigators look at suspicious deaths in Oldenburg. "We fought for four years for this trial and expect Högel is sentenced for another 100 murders", said Mr Marbach, whose grandfather was killed by Högel.

Police said the final number of murders may never be known because some possible victims were cremated.

An additional conviction could affect Hoegel's possibility of parole, but there are no consecutive sentences in Germany.

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

He said: "If the people responsible at the time, particularly at the Oldenburg clinic but also later in Delmenhorst, hadn't hesitated to alert authorities - for example police, prosecutors".

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