The case of one of Germany's worst serial killers in history is beyond shocking.
It's like something out of a horror movie — killer nurse intentionally injects patients with drugs and watches them suffer before trying (sometimes) to revive them. But this isn't a movie. This is real life.
In 2015, former nurse Niels Hoegel was sentenced to life in prison.
'Bored' German serial killer nurse charged with 97 more murders. https://t.co/A28ugPO10H https://t.co/0MjwNZ1Y5M— The Straits Times (@The Straits Times)1516629821.0
Now, he will face trial for the murders of 97 other patients.This would make him one of if not the worst serial killers in German history. And the details are quite horrific.
The death rate at the Delmenhorst clinic doubled during the time Hoegel worked there.Hoegel is thought to have killed 62 there and 35 at a clinic in Oldenburg. Back in 2005, a female nurse witnessed Hoegel trying to inject a patient at the Delmenhorst hospital — Hoegel was arrested, but the patient survived.
In 2008, he was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for several cases of attempted murder.During this time, a woman contacted the police to express suspicion that her mother had been one of Hoegel's victims. While he was in prison, Hoegel reportedly told his fellow inmates and then a psychiatrist that he had committed many more murders.
Finally, in 2015, he was sentenced to life in prison — at this point, it was clear that Hoegel had killed many more people than the police were aware of.Hoegel committed these murders by injecting hospital patients with drugs, but it's his reasoning behind why he did it that's the most chilling thing of all...
According to the Straits Times, it wasn't simple "boredom" that led Niels Hoegel to murder.
A jailed German serial killer has been charged with 97 new counts of murder. The man, a former nurse, had already… https://t.co/grWg8TYljW— DW News (@DW News)1516625749.0
He reportedly felt "euphoric" when he was able to bring a patient back to life.
Jailed German serial killer charged with 97 new counts of murder. Nurse was already sentenced for killing 6 patient… https://t.co/p9gYwxM9GE— CBC News Alerts (@CBC News Alerts)1516626868.0
According to the Mirror, Hoegel once bragged, "I am indeed one of the greatest serial killers."
Nurse suspected of murdering more than 100 patients with drug overdoses could be one of Germany's worst serial kill… https://t.co/vdM8PvpUHw— Daily Mirror (@Daily Mirror)1510296364.0
This is obviously a wild and concerning story for many.
@SkyNews @NaijaFlyingDr Stories like this scares me. As medicos, we have received knowledge and skills that can eit… https://t.co/eJFGkDdwBY— Chukwudi Nwogu (@Chukwudi Nwogu)1516624392.0