Killer nurse’s suspected death toll rises

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This file photo shows German former male nurse Niels Hoegel hiding his face behind a folder as he waits next to his lawyer Ulrike Baumann. AFP

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A German nurse serving a prison sentence for murdering two patients is suspected of killing a total of 102 people, more than previously known, police and public prosecutors said yesterday. The man, identified only as Niels H under reporting rules, has admitted to deliberately injecting patients at two clinics in northern Germany with deadly drugs and then trying to revive them in order to play the hero. The investigation has now turned up evidence leading authorities to suspect Niels H killed 38 people at a clinic in Oldenburg and 62 at one in Delmenhorst, Oldenburg police and the city’s public prosecutor’s office said. That is in addition to two counts of murder for which an Oldenburg court sentenced him in 2015.

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