German nurse jailed for life for killing 85 patients

A former nurse who liked to put patients into cardiac arrest because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them has been convicted of 85 counts of murder at a court in north-western Germany.

The death toll makes Niels Hoegel what is believed to be the worst serial killer in modern German history.

Niels Hoegel was sentenced to life in prison by the court in Oldenburg, which noted the “particular seriousness of the crimes” to ensure he serves longer than the standard 15-year term, the dpa news agency reported.

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

The victims were aged between 34 and 96.

Hoegel was tried in Oldenburg on 100 counts of murder but the court found him not guilty on 15 counts because of lack of evidence.

During the seven-month trial, Hoegel admitted 43 of the killings, disputed five and said he could not remember the other 52.

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