German killer nurse murdered 'at least 90 patients'

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A German male nurse allegedly killed 86 patients by giving them overdoses of heart medication, case investigators reported Monday.

Niels Hoegel, 40, was convicted in 2015 for the killing of two patients and the attempted murders of two others at a clinic in Delmenhorst, Germany.

A commission was set up in 2014 to investigate the scale of his crimes, which could make him Germany's worst post-war killer, with judges claiming he was motivated by a desire to win approval by resuscitating the patients he had drugged - causing them heart failure or collapse of their circulatory systems.

A chief police investigator in the case, Arne Schmidt said that this is the unique death toll in the history of German Republic. "[There was] evidence for at least 90 murders, and at least as many [suspected] cases again that can no longer be proven", he said at a press conference.

Oldenburg police chief Johann Kuehme said on Monday that authorities have now unearthed evidence of 84 killings in addition to the ones for which Hoegel was convicted.

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A German nurse is suspected of murdering 84 patients by injecting poison into their bodies.

He said he felt euphoric when he managed to bring a patient back to life، and devastated when he failed.

Presenting their findings، police said Monday that more than 130 bodies had been exhumed and tested for traces of the deadly drug.

Two former senior physicians and the head of station at the Delmenhorst clinic are also facing manslaughter charges in relation to the deaths of the patients.

When the news hit the headlines, another woman approached the police with suspicions that her deceased mother was also murdered by Hoegel. Then the patient survived after injection, and the nurse put on 7.5 years for attempted murder.

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