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9. Nurse ‘Killed Patients for Kicks’
In 2004, Benjamin Green, a male nurse at Horton Hospital in Banbury, Oxfordshire, was suspended and arrested for allegedly murdering two patients and nearly killing 16 more so he could “revel in the thrill of trying to revive his victims,” according to The Times. Green injected patients with morphine-based painkillers, anesthetics, and muscle relaxants, often causing “dry drowning,” meaning the patient is consciously paralyzed with difficulty breathing.
The prosecution argued that Green enjoyed the drama of resuscitating a sick patient, using a variety of ways to make them suffer respiratory failure. Although Green denies killing the two patients and being involved with the other 16, investigators discovered that Green was on duty for each incident, which occurred over a period of nine weeks between December 2003 and February 2004.
Furthermore, when Green was arrested, police found an old, wet syringe, that tests found had traces of two drugs. One of the drugs found was a muscle relaxant used to paralyze patients in surgery.