Toxicology badessments recommend a German former nurse murdered no less than 100 individuals at two hospitals the place he labored, prosecutors say.
Detectives consider Niels Hoegl, who’s already serving a life sentence for 2 murders, systematically administered deadly doses of coronary heart remedy to individuals in his care.
He needed to impress colleagues by resuscitating them however many died.
Fresh expenses in opposition to him are anticipated subsequent yr.
Hoegl is now mentioned to have killed 38 sufferers in Oldenburg and 62 in Delmenhorst, each in northern Germany, between 1999 and 2005.
Investigators say he might have killed extra however potential victims have been cremated.
If discovered responsible of all of the deaths, he would change into one in all Germany’s worst post-war serial killers.
The investigation into Hoegl was widened when he admitted killing as much as 30 individuals throughout his 2015 trial, when he was convicted of two murders, two tried murders and harming sufferers.
Investigators exhumed 130 former sufferers, on the lookout for traces of remedy that would have shut down their cardiovascular methods. They additionally pored over information within the hospitals he labored at.
Records on the Oldenburg clinic confirmed charges of deaths and resuscitations had risen when Hoegl was on shift, Der Spiegel journal stories (in German)
Yet he obtained an excellent reference and went on to work at a hospital in close by Delmenhorst, the place an uncommon variety of sufferers started dying whereas he was on shift.
Hoegl was caught when a nurse noticed affected person beforehand secure had developed an irregular heartbeat. He was already within the room when the affected person needed to be resuscitated and the nurse discovered empty remedy containers within the waste bin, Der Spiegel says.
During his trial in 2015 he mentioned he was “honestly sorry” and hoped households would discover peace. He mentioned the choices to hold out his crimes had been “relatively spontaneous”.
Hoegl mentioned that every time somebody had died, he had resolved by no means to do it once more however his willpower would then slowly fade.