German Nurse Suspected of Murdering Over 80 Patients

Geneva Matthews
August 29, 2017

According to investigators, however, the real number of victims is likely to be many times higher, but it cannot be proven because some of the deceased were cremated. During the trial, Hoegel reportedly admitted that he had triggered cardiac arrests in about 90 of his patients. The nurse has already been convicted and was sentenced to life sentence two years ago for the murder of two patients through drug overdose.

Niels H was charged in 2015 for the murders of two people along with two attempted murders at a clinic in the north-western town of Delmenhorst - though prosecutors have long presumed he killed more people and put the figure to 43 at least past year.

Police said on Monday that they had investigated additional deaths at hospitals in the northern German cities of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst after exhuming the remains of 134 people with links to Niels H.

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

Authorities are waiting for the results of another 41 toxicology reports, the results of which could drive the number of confirmed deaths even higher, he said.

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.

"The clinic in Oldenburg knew about the irregularities", said Kuehme.

Investigators now say that the the true scale of the killings could be larger as the crimes came to light after Niels was convicted of attempted murder in another case. He worked in Oldenburg from 1999 to 2002 and in Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005, according to the Associated Press. All to impress co-workers with his resuscitation skills. He said he felt "fully responsible" for the 30 deaths but denied any other killings.

The victims' names have not been released.

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