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Niels Hoegel Serial Killer Nurse Who Killed 85 Patients With Lethal Injections Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

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Niels Hoegel Serial Killer Nurse Who Killed 85 Patients With Lethal Injections Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

42-year-old Niels Hoegel, a Serial killer nurse who killed 85 patients while working at a hospital nurse has been sentenced to life behind bars.

The serial killer had admitted to killing patients with lethal injections and was already serving a life sentence after being found guilty in 2015 of murdering two people.

It seemed to me that I was death’s bookkeeper,’’ presiding Judge, Sebastian Buehrmann, said as he read out the judgment.

Hoegel initially selected his victims carefully in hospitals in the cities of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst in north-western Germany, injecting them with medication that led to heart failure or other complications between 2000 and 2005.

But his killings later became random.

Prosecutors claimed he did this so he could try to resuscitate them, motivated by boredom or a desire to impress his colleagues with his medical skills.

Noting the seriousness of the case, the court virtually ruled out release from prison after 15 years, as is usual practice in Germany.

The charge sheet originally listed 100 murders, of which Hoegel admitted 43.

He was acquitted in 15 cases.

Referring to these cases, Buehrmann said of the relatives: “we leave you with doubts that are surely painful for you, but we have at this point to disappoint you.’’

Frank Brinkers lost his father, but is one of those who remained in uncertainty.

“This is very, very bitter. I’ve been through hell, and it’s difficult to bear.’’

Brinkers had hoped for final clarity, but “apparently it was not to be,’’ he said after the case was concluded.

The verdict marked the climax of a seven-month trial that drew global attention, in what is thought to be the worst serial murder case in post-war Germany.

According to a psychological report submitted to the court in April, Hoegel showed signs of a disturbed personality, including a lack of shame, guilt, regret and empathy.

“His patients’ condition would suddenly deteriorate; alarms would go off and Hoegel was the first at the bedside to initiate life-saving treatment.

“And, he was good at it and seemed that he yearned for the acknowledgement of his colleagues,’’ the report said.

Buehrmann highlighted a case directly after Hoegel’s daughter was born, saying “soon afterwards, the nurse struck again, by manipulating his patient’s medication.’’

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“You wanted to hang on to that feeling of happiness, by sending another person to their death,’’ the judge said.

The killing spree ended in 2005 when another nurse caught him in the act of injecting medication that had not been prescribed into a patient.

In his final words to the court on Wednesday, Hoegel asked for forgiveness from the relatives of his victims, saying that the trial on his “terrible crimes’’ had brought him much suffering.

His defence team asked for 55 murders to be considered and 14 attempted murders, calling for acquittal in 31 cases, while prosecutors saw murder proved in 97 cases.

Three other charges failed on grounds of lack of evidence.



  1. Giant DP

    June 6, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    A lot of them are in North America. I heard of a nurse who is fond of killing black babies in Maryland. She is still on the job.

    • Ace

      June 8, 2019 at 3:34 PM

      Probably not enough evidence to nail the nurse down. They don’t do hearsay, but real authentic evidence.
      If it’s true that nurse would soon be caught. It’s possible secret service is following her unknowingly.

  2. Danti

    June 6, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    How many people do you have to kill to get the death sentence in these oyinbo countries na? Crazy people with crazy laws! This ugly fucker deserves death sentence!

    • Nikky

      June 7, 2019 at 5:55 AM

      Germany does not recognize the death penalty, at least ever since the war ended. Probably think they’ve killed enuf already. Those victims of the first and second World Wars have paid the price of the death penalty. The highest form of punishment is life imprisonment with no option of parole in lieu of capital punishment

  3. iron bar

    June 7, 2019 at 2:32 AM

    pure devil’s elder brother..what a heartless fellow..pls what is buhari doing in the article?

  4. Fifelomo

    June 7, 2019 at 6:08 AM

    Life kwa! Why not death sentence. His in mates are going to be his next victims. Oyinbo with rubbish judgement!

  5. DB

    June 7, 2019 at 7:52 AM

    Seriously this is one ugly face with an ugly heart

  6. Jilo

    June 10, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    In that case, I think this man should be transferred to come and serve his life sentencing in one of the most notorious prison in Africa not where he will be fed with milk and chicken, let see if he can survive that long. I think Germany should revert their murder law starting from this guy, 85 lives compare to live imprisonment is a joke.

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