A German Nurse Has 'More Or Less' Admitted To Killing 100 Patients
Niels Högel, a former nurse from Germany has admitted to murdering 100 patients in his care.
Already serving time for the deaths of six patients in his care, detectives allege that Högel is responsible for administering fatal dosages of medication, causing cardiac arrest, while working in two hospitals in Germany.
The 41 year old is alleged to have killed 36 patients in an Oldenburg hospital and 64 in a hospital in Delmenhorst between 1999 and 2005.
Högel reportedly replied "more or less" when questioned by the judge if the charges against him were true.
Dozens of relatives of those who died under Högel's care attended the trial, which is expected to last until May and began with a minute of silence to remember the victims.
The angry loved ones are demanding answers as more disturbing details emerge during the ongoing investigation, including local media reports that state Högel continued to work for two days after he was caught in the act of administering unprescribed medicine to a patient.
There are also reports that he would intentionally bring his victims back to life at the last moment, after injecting the medical overdoses.
A spokesperson for the grieving families, Christian Marbach, whose grandfather was killed by Högel, told the BBC that the ex-nurse has been allowed to continue his killing spree for years.
"We fought for four years for this trial and expect Högel is sentenced for another 100 murders," said Mr Marbach.
The families of 130 patients have waited years for toxicology tests to be completed on the exhumed human remains before the trial could begin.
Investigators have suggested Högel may have killed more than the 100 patients he has admitted to but some of the victims have since been cremated.
Högel was first caught in 2005 administering unprescribed injections to a patient and in 2008 he was jailed for seven years for attempted murder.
A second trial almost six years later, found him guilty of two more murders and two attempted murders.
A psychiatrist claimed that during the first trial, Högel admitted that he had killed up to 30 people and he apologised, describing the murders as "relatively spontaneous."
Hospital records also reportedly show that death rates and resuscitation more than doubled when Högel was on shift in Oldenburg.