German Police say that they have uncovered evidence that Niels Högel, a German Nurse that was jailed in 2015 for killing two patients, was responsible for murdering at least 84 more.

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Högel was jailed for life in 2015 for two murders and several attempted murders of intensive care patients at Delmenhorst hospital in northern Germany. Police says that after a 3-year investigation in which they have looked at patient records and exhumed more than 130 bodies in Germany, Poland and Turkey, they have found evidence of another 84 murders that can be attributed to Högel. His Murder Scorecard could be much higher though since several of his patients were cremated and it is impossible to prove whether their deaths were caused by him.

“Eighty-four killings … leave us speechless,” Johann Kuehme, police chief in the northwestern city of Oldenburg. told reporters. “And as if all that were not enough, we must realize that the real dimension of the killings by Niels H. is likely many times worse.” The fact that the cases go back many years and people may struggle to remember the exact details of their loved ones’ deaths hurts authorities’ ability to determine an exact number, Kuehme said. He faulted local health authorities for being slow to act.

“If the people responsible at the time, particularly at the Oldenburg clinic but also later in Delmenhorst, hadn’t hesitated to alert authorities – for example, police, prosecutors -” Hoegel could have been stopped earlier, Kuehme said.

The face of “Killer Nurse” Niels Högel who injected Critically Care Patients with cardiovascular drugs so he could step in and resuscitate them.

Police believe that Högel killed his first patient in February 2000 when he was still employed at a clinic in Oldenburg in Lower Saxony, close to the Dutch border. After killing at least another 35 patients, he moved in 2002 to a hospital in Delmenhorst near the north-western city of Bremen, where he resumed his grisly practice within a week of starting his new job.

Apparently, Högel injected his patients with cardiovascular drugs to create medical emergencies. He would then jump in and save the day by resuscitating them. Unfortunately, he often didn’t succeed in the resuscitation and the patients would die. Targeting mainly patients in critical condition, Högel used five different drugs including ajmaline, sotalol, lidocaine, amiodarone and calcium chloride, police said on Monday. Overdoses can lead to life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia and a drop in blood pressure, causing a rapid decline in an already ill patient.

It is amazing that Högel got away with it for so long, especially if you consider that the number of deaths at Delmenhorts Hospital intensive care unit doubled from 5% to 10% during the time he was working there. Yet, it didn’t ring any alarm bells when the death rate shot up and the increase in deaths wasn’t raised with Authorities.

Högel was finally caught when a colleague spotted him injecting a patient with ajmaline on 22 June 2005. The patient died a day later. Unbelievably though, Delmenhorst Hospital Authorities did not call the Police or take action against Högel until two days later, allowing him to kill one more patient in that time.

Six employees of the Delmenhorst clinic have been charged with manslaughter through failure to render assistance, while an investigation into neglect at the Oldenburg hospital is continuing.

Oldenburg’s head of police, Johann Kühme says that “The Murders could have been prevented”. According to him, authorities should have acted faster to prevent more murders. “People at the clinic in Oldenburg knew of the abnormalities.” yet they gave the Nurse a clean record that allowed him to continue his killing spree at Delmenhorts Hospital.

Kuehme said other medical workers at Oldenburg were aware of an elevated number of resuscitations, and initial indications of possible wrongdoing by the nurse in Delmenhorst emerged as early as April 2003.

In January 2015 Högel confessed to administering  90 unauthorised injections, of which 30 had been fatal because he had been unable to resuscitate the patients. At the time, he said he felt “fully responsible” for the 30 deaths but denied any further killings. a Psychiatrist, Konstantin Karyofilis, told the court that Högel knew he had caused many people “huge damage, suffering and anxiety” and that Högel wants everyone to know that he isn’t “basking in the limelight”,“This is not so. He is deeply ashamed,” he told the court.

Högel worked at the Oldenburg hospital from 1999 to 2002 and in Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005.

See a Video Documentary on Niels Högel below:

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