A 41-year-old nurse, Niels Hoegel, has admitted to have intentionally administered medical overdoses, killing 100 patients at two hospitals in Germany.
Hoegel is accused of killing the patients at a hospital in the northwestern city of Oldenburg between 1999 and 2002, and at another hospital in nearby Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005. On the first day of his trial for the murders, he told that it was all in an attempt to impress colleagues by resuscitating the patients.
Culprit’s choice of victim appears to have been entirely random, with their ages ranging from 34 to 96. He appears to have followed a similar procedure each time, first injecting a medication that triggered cardiac arrest, followed by an often futile attempt at resuscitation.
The accused Hoegel has already spent nearly a decade in prison after being convicted of two murders and two attempted murders in 2015. The victims in those cases were also patients in his care.
Prosecutors say he was motivated by vanity, to show off his skills at saving human lives, and by simple “boredom”.