'Angel of death' linked to 80 nursing home deaths

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4 August 2004 , KEMPTEN - A nurse in Germany may have killed up to 80 nursing home patients "to put them out of their misery", investigators said Wednesday. So far the 25-year-old male nurse has admitted killing 10 elderly patients with lethal doses of sedatives and painkillers because they were "vegetating" and said he wanted to "release" them from further suffering in Sonthofen Hospital on the slopes of the Alps. But the self-confessed killer has told investigators he could not be certain just how many v

4 August 2004

KEMPTEN - A nurse in Germany may have killed up to 80 nursing home patients "to put them out of their misery", investigators said Wednesday.

So far the 25-year-old male nurse has admitted killing 10 elderly patients with lethal doses of sedatives and painkillers because they were "vegetating" and said he wanted to "release" them from further suffering in Sonthofen Hospital on the slopes of the Alps.

But the self-confessed killer has told investigators he could not be certain just how many victims there might have been. The 10 were patients whose names he could remember.

In autopsies of those 10, pathologists will try to assess how much of the deadly drug cocktail each patient received. Police have calculated the nurse had helped himself to enough sedatives and painkillers to kill dozens of people.

Those 10 were aged 60 to 89 and had all been seriously ill.

Other nurses on the ward became suspicious after realising that drugs kept disappearing.

Wednesday's revelations come amid German newspaper claims that the case was likely to be the worst mass murder ever committed in a German hospital. The man confessed the killings began in March 2003. The most recent of the deaths was on 10 July.

DPA

Subject: German news

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