Nurse killed 96 patients in a year because they were annoying

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A nurse may be one of the world’s most prolific serial killers.
Her name is Daniela Poggiali, 42, and she does her killing on the job, in a hospital in the small city of Lugo, Italy, not out of mercy because the patients were dying, but because she found them annoying.
Daniela Poggiali
Nicholas Farrell reports for Newsweek, Dec. 19, 2014, that Poggiali, nicknamed “The Angel of Death,” is in jail in Italy under investigation for the murder of up to 96 patients in the course of a single year in the 30-bed general medicine ward at the Umberto I hospital in the small city of Lugo, between Bologna and Ravenna in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. That’s one death every three days between April 2013 and April 2014. If found guilty of killing all those patients, she will be one of the most prolific serial killers in history.
The dubious record of the most prolific serial killer is currently held by the Colombian Luis Garavito, whose victims, it was proven, were 138 children, murdered over a five-year period during the 1990s. The record for the greatest number of murders committed by a nurse is held by an American, Charles Cullen, who was given six life sentences in 2006 for the murder of 40 patients (though he was suspected of causing up to 400 deaths) in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over a 16-year period.

What makes the case of Daniela Poggiali especially chilling is her motive: whereas some doctors or nurses kill their patients for reasons of mercy – as Cullen did, or at least claimed to have done – Daniela Poggiali is believed to have killed her patients simply because they irritated her. She had also allegedly given them laxatives, which made them incontinent, and even had photographs taken of herself next to the corpse of one of her patients on her smartphone, which she posted online. In some of them, taken in January 2014 by another nurse, she is laughing and making lewd gestures next to the corpse of an old lady, who had just died in her ward. In one, she is leaning over the corpse grinning and making a thumbs-up sign. In the other, she is lying down next to the corpse with her mouth open, pointing a finger at her face as if it were a gun.

Poggiali qualified as a nurse 17 years ago and for the last 12 has worked at the Umberto I hospital in Lugo. Hospital bosses only became suspicious of Poggiali in March 2014, after the unexplained deaths of five patients who died in the space of a week during night shifts when she was working more or less alone on her ward. They did not call the police but moved her to day shifts in order to keep a closer eye on her. Three days later, on the morning of April 8, another patient died under Poggiali’s care — 78-year-old Rosa Calderoni.

Calderoni’s daughter, Manuela Alci, who was present that morning, said she was told to leave the room while Poggiali gave medication to her mother. Ten minutes later, Manuela was allowed back into the room and noticed that her mother’s eyes were rolling uncontrollably and that she had a glass tube inserted in her arm like a drip which had not been there before. Then, while she was holding her hand, her mother died.

Steve Ertelt reports for LifeNews, Dec. 23, 2014, that under Italian law, killing a patient through direct euthanasia with an overdose of drugs is illegal. In the case of Poggiali, that law doesn’t apply because she didn’t claim that she killed her patients because she saw that they were in pain or were suffering. She simply didn’t want to deal with them anymore and killing was a quick fix.
It was reported in the Italian paper, Corrieredella Sera, that colleagues of Poggiali had overheard her saying things like, “Leave it to me, I’ll quiet them.” Known to be cynical and a vindictive nurse, Poggiali also would deliberately give laxatives to patients at the end of the day so that other nurses would have to deal with the effects.
Poggiali has denied killing anyone and insists she’s being framed but investigators said they found incriminating pictures of Poggiali posing with patients who had just died.
Lead prosecutor Alessandron Mancini said that Poggiali seemed “unperturbed” when she was arrested. Mancini said, “I can assure you in that all my professional years of seeing shocking photos, there were few such as these.” He also said that homicide will be difficult to prove since potassium chloride is hard to detect after a few days in the bloodstream.
While the case of Daniela Poggiali is horrific, her justification of murdering patients because they’re annoying is not that uncommon in the medical community.
As an example, infamous bioethics professor, Peter Singer, maintains medical professionals should be permitted to lethally inject Alzheimer’s “non-persons,” even if they never asked to be killed. Singer also favors not just abortion, but after-birth abortion or infanticide, as well as bestiality when the animal isn’t harmed. He has admitted that if his mother, who has Alzheimer’s, were in his care (instead of his sister’s), his mother might not be alive today.

Peter Singer, bioethicist

Peter Singer, bioethicist

Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo, explains in his article, “Yes, We Have a Culture of Death“:

“Tragically, too many of us today have become disconnected and desensitized to our own dignity and intrinsic worth. It seems we no longer know how to love, and we place more significance and value on what a person can or cannot do, instead of understanding the value and dignity of the human person, simply because they are human.”


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0 responses to “Nurse killed 96 patients in a year because they were annoying

  1. This is so horrifying!! What an absolute psycho! I hope she is shown the same lack of mercy by prison inmates as what she has shown her patients while they were vulnerable under her feigned care. She’s a complete hell bound demon.

    • Sounds right to me, but it would be more complete if she & Singer first married, then were sent to maximum security prisons to await the consumption of their mutual madness. I’d give them 2 weeks….

      • Great idea Joseph!! What an ugly couple those two would make, its truly the stuff that nightmares are made of. Pure evil women.

  2. This is truly beyond what you can even imagine. What a wicked and evil person this woman is.

  3. This nurse is very deranged, mentally. She is first, a sadist. She is also a psychopath. And finally, a serial murderer. I am a nurse. I would like to be given 10 minutes alone with her, in a locked room. She would never smirk again!

  4. She, like many today, are the example of a true sociopath (which really means, demons are running wild within her). She is so detached from others emotions and well being and completely absorbed into her own. I pray for her victims (I’m certain there are more than what they say), I pray for her as well….
    In this world of people losing faith and believing in only their wants and needs, this “nurse” will not be the last to commit such heinous acts against people. The more we devalue life, the more her behavior will become the norm.

  5. Thank you Dr. Eowyn, for unmasking another monster.

  6. Dr. E. Our firms partner, Radio Legend Zach Martin’s Mother was murdered by another killer nurse: Featured on CNN and Court TV, Martin (2005) teamed up with best-selling true crime writer Clifford L. Linedecker co-writing ‘Death Angel’ published by Kensington Books. Zach gets personal and tells the tragic tale of his mother’s death, one of many victims to serial killer Charles Cullen.

  7. Since Prof Singer approves of bestiality if the animal is not harmed, I would like to arrange for this miserable pervert to cavort with a zebra stallion. After that, the zebra would need counseling.

  8. Coming soon to a hospital near you, thanks to Democrats and healthcare reform– Italy’s National Health Service (SSN) is great, isn’t it? (Or the VA, same difference.)

  9. In 1999, James B. Stewart wrote BLIND EYE, How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor Get Away with Murder. If one understands the medical community and the self protection of doctors, we then can realize how murder can go undetected for decades. Dr. Swango was young, blond, and handsome and seemed a godsend wherever he was hired to practice medicine. But acclaim would turn to horror as the evidence mounted that he could actually be murdering his patients. Then, Dr. Michael Swango would leave that hospital — only to be rehired at another. Today, the FBI believes that Swango may be the most prolific serial killer in American history like Poggiali in Italy…yet there is a difference.
    James Stewart takes the readers into the closed world of America’s medical establishment, where doctors repeatedly accept the word of fellow physicians over that of nurses, hospital workers, and patients, even after the horrible truth emerges. Stewart takes the readers from hospital victims in the prestigious Ohio State University Hospitals to Illinois, South Dakota, New York, and finally to a remote missionary hospital in Zimbabwe. There he tracked down survivors, relatives of victims, shaken hospital workers, and the evidence that finally lead Swango to be charge with murder.
    The story is one of considerable coverup by hospital personnel, and fellow physicians. Choose your health care provider carefully, there are way too many out there who fully agree with Peter Singer and have no care for the sanctity of life. God help us because our culture truly has become one of death…including Hospice…if you wish to read my 7 part article on same…it’s diabolical.

  10. She was just practicing for when Obamacare starts in earnest.

  11. When I lived in the Slocan Valley of BC’s Interior, I chose Dr Roy Ward, MD, in Castlegar, BC as my personal physician. Fourteen years earlier, he had been a Baptist medical missionary in Africa, where both his children were born and raised before he returned to Canada.
    We became close friends as well, and in time he gave me much ‘inside’ info, such at the following.
    “The BC College of Physicians & Surgeons exists to protect us, NOT the public. If one of us makes a mistake and kills a patient, we will close ranks and say it was an accident, and s/he’ll will do the same for us.” Recall that Roy was an ordained minister all that time!
    “And if you go to the press or CBC, I’ll deny we ever spoke, and they’ll believe me, not you, because I’m a medical doctor!” End of story.

  12. Not only is this person as Dispicable as can be, but society as a whole. Many have become hardened, uncaring, cold, and down right mean. We are hearing more and more cases daily of people who died needlessly or someone in need of help and people just stood by and watched and even took pictures.
    I pray God doesn’t give up on us.

  13. Right now, as I type this, doctors and hospitals in England get a bonus for every elderly or terminally ill patient they euthanize. (Look this up). The doctors and hospitals have done this without either the patients’ or the next-of-kins’ consent. This has been going on for years now. (Again, look this up).
    I have lived in New York City for my whole life. I have bumped into a couple of killers. Other people don’t want to get involved; They just don’t want to hear it. This is more common than you’d think.
    But what do we get from society? More and more liberal talk about “death with dignity,” “patient choice,” and the like. This has been going on since at least the 1960s. And along came Pope John Paul II imploring us to do away with capital punishment, contrary to the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas.
    Consider this: What have any politicians, save for Ronald Reagan and perhaps Ron Paul, done to help us win the Culture Wars?
    ONE SIMPLE QUESTION: Why are you shocked when someone gets caught on this?
    Again: This is more common than you’d think. And as the Catholic Church remains eclipsed—at least culturally—expect to hear more of it. It’s been said we only get the government (or society) we deserve. The question is, Can we survive it?

    • Stephen very true words and add to the total lack of moral compass, compassion or belief in the one true God, another little irritant that makes my blood run cold is that 90+% of people under 40 I see on buses and subways, on the street, in cafes, stores and even church all have heir noses buried in their smart phones with ear buds or those stupid immensely overpriced (b)eats headphones on their heads. and they have the social etiquette of barnyard animals. if you’re not on facebook twitter or 100 other gen-x gen-y cyber watering holes hey want nothing to do with you
      I also have to admit we’ll probably see a lot more news items like the nurse

  14. “It’s been said we only get the government (or society) we deserve. The question is, Can we survive it?”
    Wow, a most excellent point!

  15. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this wonderful post, exposing true evil motivated by Satan and his cohorts.


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