A German nurse has just confessed to one of the most heinous and egregious crimes ever committed in the realm of health care. According to reports, Niels Hoegel, a serial killer who was already serving a life sentence in prison for two murders has admitted to inducing heart attacks in 100 patients, ending their lives under his care.
What motivated this real life, walking, talking monster to perform such a horrific crime? He wanted to bring them back to life.
Prosecutors said the 41-year-old’s motive was to impress colleagues by trying to resuscitate the same patients he had attacked.
He admitted committing the crimes during his time at a hospital in Oldenburg between 1999 and 2002, and at another hospital in nearby Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005.
He was originally convicted of attempted murder in 2008 but a second trial in 2015 found him guilty of two murders and two attempted murders.
He was convicted of 38 murders in Oldenburg and 62 in Delmenhorst.
During his previous trial, he said he intentionally brought about cardiac crises in some 90 patients in Delmenhorst because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them.
Authorities exhumed 134 bodies from 67 different cemeteries and questioned Hoegel a total of six times before getting to the bottom of his murder spree.
Hoegel apparently used the same procedure each time he killed someone, starting off by injecting them with a medication that would trigger a cardiac arrest and then attempt to resuscitate them, an effort that mostly failed.
He wanted to show off his skills and stroke his own ego by “saving the lives” of those he poisoned. His other motive? Boredom.
There are no consecutive sentences in Germany, so the further revelation of these murders won’t effect how much prison time he’s given, but it could negatively impact his chances for parole.
This makes Hoegel one of Germany’s worst serial killers since World War II.
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