A court in Germany has handed life sentence to a nurse, believed to be the most prolific serial killer in the country’s post-war history, for the “unfathomable” crime of murdering 85 patients in his care.
Judge Sebastian Buehrmann on Thursday called Niels Hoegel’s killing spree “incomprehensible” and acknowledged the trial left many families with painful unanswered questions.
The 42-year-old murdered patients, selected at random, with lethal injections between 2000 and 2005, when another nurse caught him in the act of injecting medication that had not been prescribed into a patient.
The 85 victims Hoegel was convicted of murdering ranged in age from 34 to 96. He was acquitted on 15 counts for lack of evidence.
Hoegel has already spent a decade in prison following a previous life sentence he received for six other murders.
The exhumation and autopsy of more than 130 bodies were necessary to build the case for the prosecution.