Se­rial killer mys­tery

> Ja­panese po­lice fear hos­pi­tal worker has killed 48 pa­tients

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

TOKYO: Po­lice in Ja­pan are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether a se­rial poi­soner is re­spon­si­ble for killing as many as 48 el­derly pa­tients by in­ject­ing dis­in­fec­tant into their in­tra­venous drips.

Sus­pi­cions be­gan after an au­topsy showed two el­derly pa­tients had been poi­soned in Oguchi Hos­pi­tal, Yoko­hama.

Sozo Nishikawa and Nobuo Ya­maki, both 88, died on Sept 18 and 20 re­spec­tively, after hav­ing a drip ad­min­is­tered.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found 10 un­used in­tra­venous drip bags with small holes in their rub­ber seals on the fourth floor of the hos­pi­tal, where the two el­derly pa­tients had died, The Ja­pan Times re­ports.

Po­lice be­lieve the sus­pect may be an in­sider with med­i­cal knowl­edge.

They are now also in­ves­ti­gat­ing the deaths of 46 el­derly pa­tients since July, who were be­ing treated on the same floor as the two de­ceased men.

Hos­pi­tal staff told the news­pa­per there had been no out­breaks of in­fec­tion which could ac­count for the deaths.

The two pa­tients died around a lightly staffed three­day pub­lic hol­i­day. The en­trance to the hos­pi­tal was locked and guarded at night.

Last month, a staff mem­ber’s lips be­came blis­tered after they con­sumed a drink that may have been laced with bleach, The Ja­pan Times said.

It is un­known whether the in­ci­dents are re­lated.

Mass killings are rare in Ja­pan.

Two months ago, a man with a knife killed 19 peo­ple at a fa­cil­ity for the dis­abled.

In 2008, a man killed seven peo­ple by strik­ing a group of by­standers with his truck. – The In­de­pen­dent

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