Daniela Poggiali. Image via Twitter
A nurse in Italy has been arrested for allegedly killing 38 patients. Why? Because she found either the patient or their relatives annoying, police said.
The accused Angel of Death, Daniela Poggiali, is a 42-year-old resident of the Italian town of Lugo. She was taken into custody this weekend and charged with the murder of Rosa Calderoni, a 78-year-old patient who died from an injection of potassium.
According to the New York Post, Calderoni departed unexpectedly after being admitted to the hospital with a routine illness. Testing revealed the patient passed away with a high level of potassium in her system. High potassium in the bloodstream can provoke cardiac arrest.
Central European News reports, Calderoni’s death launched an investigation that revealed 38 other patients who had mysteriously died while Poggiali was on duty.
Coworkers became suspicious of Poggiali after observing that patients would suddenly worsen, then die during her shift. They described her as a “cold, polished” woman who would sometimes sedate patients who bothered her. They also believe she dosed patients with laxatives to make life more difficult for colleagues working the shift after her.
A coworker told Corriere della Sera, “We wondered whether these deaths could be so frequent without anyone doing anything”.
Police searched Poggioli’s phone and found a disturbing selfie. Moments after a patient had died, she snapped a photo of herself giving a ‘thumbs up’ with the deceased patient at her side.
Prosecutor Alessandro Mancini was shocked by the photo.
“I can assure you in that all my professional years of seeing shocking photos, there were few such as these”.
Poggiali’s motivation for these murders remains unknown. Her defense will have a difficult time citing ‘compassion fatigue’ as her actions read more like a compassion coma.
Poggiali makes Nurse Ratched from ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ look like a saint.
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