In 2005 Neils Hoegel, a nurse working in Germany, was arrested after he was discovered injecting patients with medication with no given reason or instruction to do so. He was quickly arrested and charged with attempted murder. After reading about his conviction in the newspaper a woman contacted police and told them that she believed he may have had a role in her own mother’s death prompting a further investigation that resulted in Niels being charged with two murders in February 2015.
Today, police revealed that they have brought forth a shocking 97 further murder charges against the nurse after a prolonged investigation revealed that he may be one of Germany’s worst mass murderers (he’s definitely never beating number one).
The charges came after police revealed that another 62 deaths at the hospital he had worked at may be connected to him and, after tracing his working history backwards, another 35 charges were brought forward related to his time working at a different hospital.
The investigation so far has involved reviewing 500 medical cases and exhuming over 134 bodies from 67 cemeteries for autopsy and testing, which goes some length to explain why it took so long for the charges to be brought forth. Either way, this case continues to develop as one of the most bizarre and shocking cases this side of the millennium.