Niels Hogel, a former nurse in Germany who is already serving a life sentence for six deaths under his care has confessed to killing 100 patients in his trial heard today (Tuesday October 30th).
Hogel, 41, is said to have administered fatal doses of medication to patients under his care causing cardiac arrest with the intention of impressing his colleagues by trying to revive the patients.
According to detectives, Hogel killed 64 patients in Delmenhorst and a further 36 in Oldenburg between 1999 to 2005.
It is believed that he may have murdered more but potential victims have been cremated.
The trial held at the Oldenburg court commenced with a minute of silence for the victims. The evidence comprises of toxicology reports on 130 sets of the exhumed remains of the patients.
Numerous relatives of Hogel’s victims, some of which were in court to hear the trial, are demanding answers as to how he was able to murder so many and why he was permitted to work for two days after being caught in the act of administering drugs to a patient.
Hogel was caught injecting unprescribed medication into a patient in 2005 and he was jailed for attempted murder in 2008.
In a second trial in 2014, court found him guilty on two charges of attempted murder as well as two murders which led investigators to widen the investigation.
German media reports that hospital records from Odlenburg indicate that rates of deaths and resuscitations increased significantly when Hogel was working.