Killer German nurse now suspected of 84 more murders

German investigators have uncovered an additional 84 murders by a former nurse who is already serving a life sentence, making him one of Germany's most deadly serial killers ever, German media reported on Monday, citing police.
German former male nurse Niels Hoegel hiding his face behind a folder as he waits next to his lawyer Ulrike Baumann (right) for the opening of another session of his trial at court in Oldenburg, northwestern Germany, on Feb 26, 2015.
German former male nurse Niels Hoegel hiding his face behind a folder as he waits next to his lawyer Ulrike Baumann (right) for the opening of another session of his trial at court in Oldenburg, northwestern Germany, on Feb 26, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - A German male nurse jailed for life two years ago for killing two patients with lethal drug overdoses is now a suspect in at least 84 more murders, police said on Monday (Aug 28).

Niels Hoegel, 40, was jailed in February 2015 for two murders of intensive-care patients at the Delmenhorst hospital near the northern city of Bremen.

Police said on Monday that investigators exhuming and analysing more bodies had so far found evidence of "84 more murders", which would make him one of Germany's worst- ever serial killers.