According to Italian law enforcement officials, in a bizarre and senseless story, a nurse killed 38 of the patients she cared for simply because either they or their family members were getting on her nerves. The nurse, Daniela Poggiali, was arrested while still performing duties at Lugo hospital.
As stated in reports, Poggiali gave many of her patients’ lethal doses of potassium chloride because in her opinion, they needed too much care and demanded too much of her time. In addition to the killings, the 42-year-old nurse gave many other patients mild sedatives to keep them quiet.
Also reported was that after Poggiali’s patients died, she actually took photographs of them, followed by posting them online. In one particular photo, the nurse provided a chilling caption that read, “Brrr…mmm…life and death…mmmmmm.” Next to another photo of a corpse stored on her cell phone, Poggiali gave the thumbs up sign.
The gruesome crimes came to light after a 78-year-old patient who in April had just been admitted to the hospital with a non-life-threatening illness, suddenly died while under Poggiali’s care. After a toxicology report was performed by hospital officials, a lethal dose of potassium chloride was found in the patient’s system.
Uncovering this information prompted hospital authorities to conduct a background investigation on Poggiali’s history at the hospital, confirming that of the 83 patients she watched during the first three months of 2014, 38 had died.
Compared to other hospital nurses, the average number of deaths was 10 patients for the same period of time. She was taken into custody this weekend and when arrested, she appeared unperturbed, this according to Alessandro Mancini, chief prosecutor.
When questioned, a colleague of the nurse came forward to say she was scared and intimated by Poggiali and therefore, did not tell anyone about her suspicions but also things she had personally witnessed. This individual added that Poggiali was extremely euphoric and in one incident, asked her to take a photo of a dead patient while she posed next to the body.
In several media reports, co-workers of the nurse described her as being cold yet always willing to work and as one recounted, Poggiali had given patients at the end of her shift powerful laxatives to make work harder for the new team of nurses coming on shift.