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GERMANY NIELS HOEGEL: German nurse now indicted for an additional 97 murders

Discussion in 'Europe: Crimes & Trials' started by fran, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Niels Högel is a German nurse and serial killer who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of six patients. Högel has confessed to killing 30 patients but in 2017 a police investigation concluded that he was responsible for at least 90 deaths.[1] In November 2017, German prosecutors said that the number of victims was at least 106.[2]

    German nurse charged with 97 more murders at hospitals
    January 22, 2018

    FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015 file photo former nurse Niels Hoegel,
    accused of multiple murder and attempted murder of patients,
    his face with a file at the district court in Oldenburg, Germany.
    The German nurse already serving a life sentence for two murders
    been indicted in nearly 100 more killings. News agency dpa said
    prosecutors in Oldenburg said Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 that they have
    charged Niels Hoegel with 97 counts of murder.
    (Carmen Jaspersen/dpa via AP, file)

    BERLIN (AP) — A German nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders has been charged with killing 97 more patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors said Monday.

    The new indictment against Niels Hoegel was expected after officials said in November that he may have killed more than 100 patients in total. He worked at a clinic in Oldenburg from 1999 to 2002 and in nearby Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005.

    Hoegel was convicted in 2015 of two murders and two attempted murders in Delmenhorst and was given a life sentence.

    During his trial, Hoegel had said he intentionally brought about cardiac crises in about 90 patients in Delmenhorst because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them. He later told investigators that he also killed patients in Oldenburg.

    Those statements prompted investigators to carry out toxicological examinations on dozens of other patients who died at the hospitals, leading to the new charges.

    It wasn't immediately clear when a new trial at the state court in Oldenburg might start. Additional convictions could affect Hoegel's possibility of parole, but there are no consecutive sentences in Germany. In general, people serving life sentences are considered for parole after 15 years.

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  2. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Who Is Niels Hoegel? ‘Bored’ Serial Killer Charged With 97 New Murder Counts

    A German nurse was hit with 97 new counts of murder after already having been convicted of others, prosecutors announced Monday. Niels Hoegel was already serving a life sentence after being convicted of two murders, though authorities now believe he may have killed more than 100 patients.

    Hoegel, 40, would likely face trial for the 97 new alleged murders sometime later this year, prosecutors said Monday, according to Agence France Presse.

    Hoegel previously admitted to murdering patients “out of boredom,” according to Germany’s DW News. He was convicted of two murders and two attempted murders in 2015, though authorities now said they believe there were far more. Some 134 bodies have been exhumed for toxicology tests as part of the investigation into Hoegel, according to Time magazine.

    Oldenburg Police Chief Johann Kuehme said Monday officials had evidence of 84 additional murders in addition to those which Hoegel had already been convicted of, according to CBC News.

    “Eighty four killings, leave us speechless,” Keuhme said, according to CBC. “And as if all that were not enough, we must realize that the real dimension of the killings by Niels H. is likely many times worse.”

    Hoegel admitted during his trial to deliberately injecting patients with drugs that would bring about heart failure so he could then revive them and impress his coworkers. He used different drugs while attempting to resuscitate patients, said prosecutor Martin Koziolek, according to Time magazine. Hoegel said during his 2015 trial that he was “honestly sorry” and that his actions were typically not premeditated.

    “Usually the decision to do it was relatively spontaneous,” he said, according to BBC News.

    Prosecutors would likely try Hoegel again for at least some of the additional alleged murders, though German law does not give consecutive sentences, the Associated Press reported. Additional convictions would only affect potential parole for Hoegel but would not add to his life-sentence.

    Should Hoegel be convicted of all new charges leveled against him, it would mark him as of the worst serial killers in Germany post-World War II, BBC News reported.

    Investigations were also underway into medical clinics in Delmenhorst and Oldenburg where Hoegel worked in order to determine whether anyone in the facilities knew about Hoegel’s actions.

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  3. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Killer nurse may have murdered more than 100 patients with poison drugs – making him Germany’s deadliest serial killer

    Prosecutors have been exhuming more than 130 bodies from 67 cemeteries to try and determine the extent of Niels Hoegel's crimes

    By Nicola Stow
    9th November 2017, 4:27 pm
    Updated: 9th November 2017, 11:08 pm

    A MALE nurse who was caged for life for murdering patients in Germany with overdoses of heart medication may have killed more than 100 people, investigators said today.

    Evil Niels Hoegel, 41, was jailed in February 2015 for killing two intensive care patients at a hospital in Delmenhorst near the northern city of Bremen.

    His crimes came to light after he was convicted of attempted murder in another case - with prosecutors reviewing more than 500 patient files and hundreds of hospital records.

    Detectives also exhumed 134 bodies from 67 cemeteries and questioned Hoegel six times.

    In August, prosecutors said they believed that Hoegel may have killed at least 84 other patients, but 16 more suspicious cases have since come to light.

    Prosecutors say they expect to bring the new charges against Hoegel early next year.

    Hoegel has admitted to injecting patients with drugs that can cause heart failure or circulatory collapse so he could then try to revive them and, when successful, shine as a saviour before his medical peers.

    He earlier testified that at times he acted out of "boredom", feeling euphoric when he managed to bring a patient back to life and devastated when he failed.

    The death toll "is unique in the history of the German republic," the chief police investigator in the case, Arne Schmidt, said in August, adding that Hoegel killed "without a discernible pattern" and preyed especially on those in critical condition.

    Toxicology studies are continuing for five other cases, and exhumations of three former patients are planned in Turkey.

    Any additional convictions could affect Hoegel's possibility of parole, but consecutive sentences are not a part of the German legal system.

    He was a nurse at Oldenburg hospital from 1999 to 2002 before going to work in Delmenhorst between 2003 and 2005.

    Due to strict German privacy laws, images revealing Hoegel's face cannot be published.

  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    :eek: 106 victims?!
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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Isn't that horrific? I have no words.
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  6. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Niels Hoegel liked to bring about cardiac arrests in his patients by injecting them with overdoses of heart medication and other drugs because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them. Sometimes he succeeded in bringing them back, but in at least 87 cases they died, making him what is believed to be modern Germany’s most prolific serial killer.

    A court in the northwestern city of Oldenburg on Thursday found the 42-year-old nurse guilty of murdering 85 patients, aged 34 to 96, and sentenced him to life in prison. He had earlier been convicted of two other killings.

    “Your guilt is incomprehensible,” presiding judge Sebastian Buerhmann said as he handed down the verdict. “I felt like an accountant of death.”

    Hoegel worked at a hospital in Oldenburg between 1999 and 2002 and another hospital in nearby Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005, and the killings took place between 2000 and 2005, the dpa news agency reported.

    Hoegel was convicted in 2015 of two murders and two attempted murders and is already currently serving a life sentence. There are no consecutive sentences in the German system, but Buerhmann noted in his verdict the “particular seriousness” of Hoegel’s crimes, a finding that all but ensures he will remain incarcerated after the standard 15-year term is up.

    During his first trial, Hoegel said he intentionally brought about cardiac crises in some 90 patients in Delmenhorst because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them. He later told investigators that he also killed patients in Oldenburg.

    That prompted a wider investigation involving both hospitals, and police and prosecutors reviewed more than 500 patient files and hundreds more hospital records. They also exhumed 134 bodies from 67 cemeteries, and questioned Hoegel multiple times, concluding that he had used a variety of drugs to attempt resuscitation of his patients, and was fully aware they might die.

    Prosecutors noted that many of Hoegel’s victims were not terminally ill patients, but were on the path to recovery.

    “The fact is sometimes the worst fantasy is not enough to describe the truth,” Buehrmann said
    In all, Hoegel was tried in Oldenburg on 100 counts of murder, but the court found him not guilty on 15 counts for lack of evidence, which Buerhmann noted with regret to the family members present.

    “We were not able to shine light through part of the fog that lay over this trial,” Buehrmann said. “That also fills with a certain sadness.”

    Pleas are not entered in the German system but during the seven-month trial, Hoegel admitted to 43 of the killings, disputed five and said he couldn’t remember the other 52.

    Hoegel testified that he had a “protected” childhood, free of violence. He said his grandmother and his father, who were both nurses, had been his role models for going into the profession.

    “Now I sit here fully convinced that I want to give every relative an answer,” Hoegel said during the trial. “I am really sorry.”

    An expert testified during the trial that while Hoegel suffered from personality disorders, he was psychologically competent to stand trial and serve his sentence.

    In his closing statement to the court on Wednesday, Hoegel reiterated his earlier apology, expressing shame and remorse, and saying he realized how much pain and suffering he had caused with his “terrible deeds.”

    “To each and every one of you I sincerely apologize for all that I have done,” he said.

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