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German killer nurse suspected in at least 84 patient deaths, say police

A German nurse serving a life sentence for murdering two patients may have killed up to 84 more, police say.

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

His crimes came to light after he was convicted of attempted murder in another case, which led authorities to investigate hundreds of deaths and exhume bodies of his former patients from Delmenhorst and the nearby Oldenburg hospital.

Prosecutors have always believed he killed more people, putting the estimated figure at 43 in 2016.

However, police now say investigators exhuming and analysing more bodies have found evidence of "84 more murders", which would make Hoegel one of Germany's worst ever serial killers.

And the number could be even greater as some suspected victims were cremated, prosecutors say.

Hoegel would inject patients with an overdose of unprescribed heart medication in order to revive them and show off his nursing skills, a court heard during his initial trial.

He reportedly said he felt overjoyed when he received praise for bringing a patient back from the brink of death.


As Britain cracks down on weapons, criminals turn to acid attacks

Police chiefs say there isn’t a single motive behind the attacks, but acknowledge gangs and robberies seem to be playing a part. Some of the attackers are only teenagers — of those whose ages are known, 21 percent under the age of 18. The most common corrosive liquids are bleach, ammonia and acid.

According to leaders in London’s City Hall, “many recent acid attacks are connected to violent and aggressive organized scooter theft.” In a recent statement, they said “this is particularly frightening for people who ride scooters in London.”

Scooter drivers have staged a number of protests to highlight their concerns about being doused with acid in attempted bike robberies.

Police, victims and the gang members agree — there is just something terrifying about being splashed with acid.


Seattle mayor calling for removal of Confederate and Lenin statue in Seattle

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is now calling for the removal of the Lenin statue in Fremont and the Confederate memorial in Lake View Cemetery. Murray's statement comes after the Lake View Cemetery on Capitol Hill was shut down Wednesday because of angry messages they received over the Confederate memorial. An online petition has gained more than 4,500 followers asking Murray to remove the memorial. Murray said his office has contacted the cemetery regarding concerns about the memorial. The cemetery is located on private property.

In his statement Thursday, Murray noted on Seattleites expressing frustration over symbols of hate, racism and violence. "Not only do these kinds of symbols represent historic injustices, their existence causes pain among those who themselves or whose family members have been impacted by these atrocities," Murray said. The recent action to remove the statue and memorial comes after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left three people dead and dozens injured last weekend. The events in Charlottesville were sparked by a rally against plans to remove a Confederate statue.

Murray added in his statement Thursday that symbols of hate and racism should be removed, no matter what political affiliation they were associated with. "We should never forget our history, but we also should not idolize figures who have committed violent atrocities and sought to divide us based on who we are or where we came from," Murray said.


Pastor Wants Presidents Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago pastor has asked the Emanuel administration to remove the names of two presidents who owned slaves from parks on the South Side, saying the city should not honor slave owners in black communities.

A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park.

Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.

“When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans,” he said. “Some people out here ask me, say ‘Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.’ That’s almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat.”

Dukes said, even though Washington was the nation’s first president and led the American army in the Revolutionary War, he’s no hero to the black community.

“There’s no way plausible that we would even think that they would erect a Malcolm X statue in Mount Greenwood, Lincoln Park, or any of that. Not that say Malcolm X was a bad guy; they just would not go for it,” he said. “Native Americans would not even think about putting up a Custer statue, because of the atrocities that he plagued upon Native Americans. And for them to say to us ‘just accept it’ is actually insulting.”

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