Authorities in Northeastern Italy arrested a nurse in connection with the deaths of 38 patients. The nurse allegedly killed the patients by lethal injection because she found them, or their relatives, annoying.
Daniela Poggiali, a 42-year-old resident of the town of Lugo, was taken into custody over the weekend for the homicide of 78-year-old patient Rosa Calderoni, who died due to a large injection of potassium prompting cardiac arrest. She was admitted to the hospital with a routine illness, and her death sparked an investigation leading to Poggiali’s arrest.
Investigators discovered as many as 38 others had died at the hospital while Poggiali was on duty. Police obtained her cellphone, which contained a selfie she snapped of herself smiling and giving a thumbs up beside a recently-deceased patient.
One of Poggiali’s coworkers described her as a “cold person but always eager to work.” Another reported that she had previously been reprimanded for giving patients laxatives at the ends of her shifts, simply to make work harder for the nurses working after her.
“I can assure you in that all my professional years of seeing shocking photos, there were few such as these,” said prosecutor Alessandro Mancini.