A thrill-seeking German nurse who admitted killing 30 people has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of two patients.
The 38-year-old man, identified only as Niels H., admitted to injecting his patients with lethal drug doses and then trying to heroically revive them to impress his peers, according to French news agency AFP.
Authorities fear a far higher death toll after he confessed to killing as many as 30 people.
The presiding judge found the defendant guilty of two murders and two attempted murders, noting the “severity” of the crimes.
The former nurse went on trial for causing the patients’ deaths in an intensive care ward in northern Germany about 10 years ago.
During the hearing, he said he had played his deadly game on 90 patients.
Authorities plan to exhume the bodies of former patients to test them for traces of the lethal doses of heart medicine.
Investigators will look into some 200 fatalities at the hospital where he worked and at his previous places of employment to find out whether the confirmed cases are only the tip of the iceberg.
The defendant admitted he injected critically ill patients with lethal doses of heart medicine so he could then show off his skills in resuscitating them at the Delmenhorst hospital near the northern city of Bremen.
“Usually the decision to do it was relatively spontaneous,” he told the court.
Under Germany’s strict court reporting rules, the convict cannot be named. In court, he shielded his face behind a paper folder.
“There was tension there, and an expectation of what would happen next,” he said.
The man, tall and heavy-set man, apologised to victims’ relatives.
He said he felt euphoric when he managed to bring a patient back to life and devastated when he failed.
Each time, he said he would vow to himself to end his deadly game only to strike again soon after.
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