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    German nurse who killed ‘out of boredom’ could be country’s worst serial killer after being charged with 97 murders

    A German nurse who killed his victims “out of boredom” has been charged with an additional 97 murders, potentially making him the country’s deadliest serial killer.
    Niels Hoegel was already serving a life sentence for murdering two patients when he was charged again by public prosecutors on Monday. 
    Hoegel has previously admitted to injecting patients with drugs to bring on heart failure or circulatory collapse, in order to show off his resuscitation skills to colleagues. 
    Arne Schmidt, a police investigator, called the killings “unique in the history of the German republic,” according to German newspaper Deutsche Welle
    Hoegel was initially convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison in 2008 after he was caught injecting a patient.
    In 2015, he was jailed for life after being found guilty on two counts of murder. During the trial, he told a psychologist about the killings of 30 victims, prompting authorities to exhume 134 bodies of patients who died at the two hospitals where he worked.
    Hoegel had said he intentionally brought about cardiac crises in some 90 patients at a clinic in Delmenhorst because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them. He later told investigators that he also killed patients at a hospital in the nearby city of Oldenburg. 
    Hoegel worked at the Oldenburg hospital from 1999 to 2002 and in Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005. 
    Prosecutors now say investigations and toxicology reports show the accused killed a further 35 people in Oldenburg and 62 in Delmenhorst.
    They say Hoegel should have been aware the drugs he was giving his patients could cause ailments ranging from possible cardiac arrhythmia, ventricular fibrillation to hypotension.
    “From the prosecutorial point of view, the accused Niels H accepted, at least tacitly, in all cases the death of the patients due to the effects of the drugs,” the prosecutors said in a statement.

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