A German serial killer nurse has been jailed for life on Thursday for the murder of 100 patients in his care, according to a statement from a court in the northwest city of Oldenburg.
Niels Hoegel, a 42-year-old former nurse who is considered Germany’s deadliest post-war serial killer, was sentenced to life in prison at the District Court of Oldenburg.
The trial judge said Hoegel’s actions were “incomprehensible: That’s the word that characterizes this.”
The health worker had previously confessed to killing 100 patients aged between 34 and 96 years old at two hospitals in northern Germany between 2000 and 2005.
Hoegel was accused of giving his victims various non-prescribed drugs, in an attempt to show off his resuscitation skills to colleagues and fight off boredom.
Hoegel said he felt euphoric when he managed to bring a patient back to life, and devastated when he failed.
Police suspect the true death toll may be as high as 200, but can’t be certain as many patients were cremated before autopsies could be performed.
The former nurse is already serving a life sentence for six convictions, including homicide and attempted homicide in 2008 and 2015. Those convictions led authorities to investigate hundreds of deaths and exhume the bodies of former patients in the clinics where he worked.
Hoegel asked his victims’ families for forgiveness on Wednesday for his “horrible acts.”
“I would like to sincerely apologize for everything I did to you over the course of years,” he said during the hearing.
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