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dateline: 24 January 2018

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German Nurse Charged with 97 More Murders

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • life sentence: an order from a judge to spend life in prison as punishment for a crime
  • boredom: the feeling of having nothing interesting to do
  • inject: to put a substance into someone’s body with a needle
  • revive: to bring back to life
  • exhume: to unbury a dead body in order to conduct tests or research
  • cremated: burned to ash for burial

German Nurse Charged with 97 More Murders

A German nurse who was already serving a life sentence for causing death or bodily to 6 patients has now been charged for causing 97 more deaths. Niels Hoegel fought off boredom at work by injecting patients with non-prescribed that would cause heart failure. He would then try to revive the patients to show off his ability to save lives. The nurse has that he experienced a high when he was able to resuscitate a and a low when he was not. The patients died due to the effects of the drugs. Over 100 bodies have been exhumed during the investigation, and police say there are more whose bodies have already been cremated.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What job did the killer hold?
  2. Why did the killer inject patients with drugs they did not need?
  3. Why won’t some victims ever be added to the murder count?

Discussion Questions

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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