Nurse Serial Killer: Former nurse admits to killing 100 patients

  • Nurse Serial Killer: Former nurse admits to killing 100 patients

Nurse Serial Killer: Former nurse admits to killing 100 patients

The alleged victims were aged between 34 and 96. 'We will make every effort to seek the truth'.

After confessing to murdering over 100 German patients, Högel is now one of the most prolific serial killers in Germany's modern history, and investigators are continuing to look for answers.

Each time, the nurse followed a similar procedure; he would inject his patient with a medication triggering a cardiac arrest, which would follow an attempted resuscitation.

They believe he was motivated by vanity, wanting to show off his skills and that he also acted out of "boredom".

Högel is already serving a life term for the deaths of six other patients.

In 2005 Hoegel was caught injecting an unprescribed drug into a patient in Delmenhorst.

His mass murder went unnoticed for years, partially because numerous patients he treated were already critically ill and because Hoegel tried to resuscitate his victims after deliberately putting them on the brink of death.

"We want him to get the sentence that he deserves", said Frank Brinkers, whose father died in an overdose allegedly administered by Hoegel.

The current trial was expected to last till May.

The judge said the main aim of the trial was to establish the full scope of the murder spree that was allowed to go unchecked for years at two German hospitals.

Murders were committed in the period from 1999 to 2005.

Police said the final number of murders may never be known because some possible victims were cremated. In general, people serving life sentences are considered for parole after 15 years.

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

Oldenburg police chief Johann Kuehme a year ago said other medical workers at Oldenburg were aware of an elevated number of resuscitations, and initial indications of possible wrongdoing by the nurse in Delmenhorst emerged as early as April 2003.

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

Authorities are pursuing criminal cases against former staff at the two medical facilities.