Nurse tied to over 100 deaths

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A GER­MAN for­mer nurse serv­ing a life sen­tence for killing pa­tients by in­ject­ing them with a deadly med­i­ca­tion is now sus­pected of killing more than 100 peo­ple.

If he is found guilty that would make him one of the na­tion’s worst se­rial mur­der­ers.

Prose­cu­tors in the north­ern Ger­man city of Olden­burg said tox­i­co­log­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tions have iden­ti­fied a fur­ther 16 deaths that the nurse, iden­ti­fied only as Niels H un­der Ger­many’s strict pri­vacy laws, was re­spon­si­ble for.

In Au­gust, po­lice said they be­lieved the 40-year-old may have killed 84 more pa­tients at hos­pi­tals in Olden­burg and the city of Del­men­horst.

H was sen­tenced to life in prison in Fe­bru­ary 2015 in re­la­tion to six cases of mur­der or at­tempted mur­der. Prose­cu­tors plan to bring more charges next year.

The bod­ies of scores of for­mer pa­tients have been ex­humed but many have since been cre­mated.

Dur­ing his trial, he con­fessed to killing more pa­tients dur­ing his ca­reer, prompt­ing the for­ma­tion of a spe­cial com­mis­sion to in­ves­ti­gate deaths at two clin­ics where he worked.

The com­mis­sion has been analysing hun­dreds of med­i­cal records and has ex­humed more than 100 bod­ies to test them for traces of drugs.

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