Unspeakable Crimes 17 Serial Killer Nurses Who Murdered Their Patients  

April A Taylor
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Medical professionals are supposed to help people, but there have been several serial killer nurses who ended the lives of their patients, instead. Some of these nurses haven't become as infamous as serial killer doctors like H. H. Holmes. However, this doesn't mean their crimes against humanity were any less heinous. In fact, the methods that some of these nurses used to terminate those in their care may be disturbing enough to make you think twice about going in for that checkup.

Perhaps these individuals were able to get away with their crimes for so long because society views nurses as the ultimate caregivers. This makes it very difficult to consider that someone who has lost a lot of patients could actually be responsible. The reality, though, is that hospital workers have creepy stories about things they've seen, heard, and done. Medical nurses who were serial killers may not be one of the most common hospital oddities, but there have definitely been more of them than most people would ever guess.

Amelia Dyer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 17 Serial Killer Nurses Who Murdered Their Patients
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Amelia Dyer is one of the most notorious serial killers in history. Although she was only convicted of 12 deaths, evidence suggests her true body count was at least 400. Her crimes took place during a 20-year time span in the late 1800s, and all of her victims were babies.

Dyer was a trained nurse who turned to baby farming to make money. She would offer to adopt or nurse a child in return for a fee, but would typically terminate the babies within days by drugging them with opium-based substances or smothering them. She actually served six months in prison for negligence in 1879. 

But Dyer wasn't arrested for her crimes until 1896. Her reign of terror finally ended permanently on June 10, 1896, when she was executed by hanging for the murder of 12 infants.

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Arnfinn Nesset is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 17 Serial Killer Nurses Who Murdered Their Patients
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Arnfinn Nesset's case is unusual: he was caught, convicted, served time in jail, and eventually released. The former Norweigan nurse completed his prison term and subsequent supervision period in 2005. Nesset is now living under a new, unreported name, which makes it impossible for the families of his victims to know his current location. 

After he was caught in 1982, Nessen admitted to killing 27 patients at a nursing home with a lethal injection of the muscle relaxant drug suxamethonium chloride. However, he later recanted his confession, which extended his murder trial to five months. He was ultimately found guilty of killing 22 people, but it's believed his true body count is closer to 140.

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Edson Izidoro Guimarães is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 17 Serial Killer Nurses Who Murdered Their Patients
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Edson Izidoro Guimarães was convicted of four murders in 2000. However, the medical nurse admitted to killing five patients, and some estimates place his probable list of victims at more than 130. All of these deaths happened between January and May of 1999.

A co-worker stopped the slayings by reporting it when he witnessed Guimarães injecting a patient with potassium chloride. After he was arrested for his crimes, Guimarães stated that he had no regrets because he had helped people who were in irreversible comas.

It's unknown if that was the true motive, but investigators suspected that he was killing people to earn $60 each by reporting their deaths to nearby funeral homes. Known locally by the nickname "the Nurse of Death," he received a prison term of 76 years. 

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Daniela Poggiali Ended Her Pat... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 17 Serial Killer Nurses Who Murdered Their Patients
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Daniela Poggiali Ended Her Patients, And Then Took Selfies With Them

Italian nurse Daniela Poggiali allegedly killed at least 90 of her patients on purpose because they were bothersome. While she vehemently denied the charges, the Italian government thought otherwise and charged her in 2014 with the crimes.

Not only was Poggiali present for 96 deaths during her time as a nurse - a very high number, according to authorities - she also took selfies with her deceased patients.

Police said she stole money and jewelry from the victims and bragged to others that she killed them because they "annoyed" her.