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Nurse who murdered 87 patients modern Germanys most prolific serial killer

Niels Hoegel has been convicted of 85 counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison
Niels Hoegel has been convicted of 85 counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison (Picture: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/dpa via AP)

A nurse who murdered 87 of his patients has been sentenced to life in prison.

Niels Hoegel, 42, is believed to be modern Germanys most prolific serial killer.

He injected patients with overdoses in order to give them cardiac arrests, 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.

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.

Former nurse Niels Hoegel, accused of killing more than 100 patients in his care, attends a hearing in his trial, on May 16, 2019 in Oldenburg, northern Germany. - Some investigators believe Niels Hoegel, 42, may have killed as many as 300 people by injecting them with deadly drugs while they were in his care. Prosecutors say at least 36 patients were killed at a hospital in Oldenburg where he worked, and about 64 more at a clinic in nearby Delmenhorst, between 2000 and 2005. (Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich / POOL / AFP)HAUKE-CHRISTIAN DITTRICH/AFP/Getty Images
The fact is sometimes the worst fantasy is not enough to describe the truth (Picture: Getty)

Hoegel was convicted in 2015 of two murders and two attempted murders and is already serving a life sentence.

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After his initial trial, an investigation took place into his patients which revealed the staggering scale of his criminality. 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,

Prosecutors noted that many of his 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, judge Buehrmann said.

A court in the northwestern city of Oldenburg today found the nurse guilty of murdering 85 patients, aged 34 to 96, and sentenced him to life in prison.

epa07629149 Judge Sebastian Buehrmann stands at the beginning of the last day of the trial against former male nurse Niels Hoegel at the Higher Regional Court of Oldenburg, northern Germany, 06 June 2019. Hoegel faces a life sentence after being accused of the murder of about 100 patients of hospitals in Delmenhorst and Oldenburg between 1999 and 2005. He has been already convicted in six cases. A court decision is expected on the day. EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN
Judge Sebastian Buehrmann stands at the beginning of the last day of the trial (Picture: EPA)

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