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Former German Nurse Confesses to Killing 100 Patients

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The ex-nurse, who is already serving a life sentence for the murder of two patients, stood trial on Tuesday, marking the latest development in the high-profile case.

Former nurse Niels Högel pleaded guilty to killing 100 patients between 2000 and 2005, injecting his targets with a mixture of drugs, sending them into cardiac arrest.

Högel carried out the mindless murders at two hospitals in the cities of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst. Investigators have suggested he killed the patients out of “boredom” or to demonstrate his medical expertise.

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A minute of silence was observed prior to the trial, which was held in a nearby hall to accommodate all of the plaintiffs and legal support staff.

In this Feb. 26, 2015 file photo former nurse Niels Hoegel., accused of multiple murder and attempted murder of patients, covering his face with a file at the district court in Oldenburg, Germany - Sputnik International
German Nurse Killing Patients Out of Boredom to Face Trial Over 97 More Deaths
The suspect responded “yes” when asked if the charges are accurate, confessing he was behind the heinous crimes.

The 41-year-old was jailed for murdering two patients in 2015, but investigators later discovered the extent of his crimes were likely to be much greater than previously thought.

After confessing to murdering over 100 German patients, Högel is now one of the most prolific serial killers in Germany’s modern history, and investigators are continuing to look for answers.

"We will do our utmost to learn the truth. It is like a house with dark rooms — we want to bring light into the darkness,” Sebastian Bührmann, the presiding judge, said on Tuesday.

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