As a reminder that you don’t need semi-automatic rifles to be a mass murderer, German prosecutors have raised the death toll at the hands of a male nurse to about 106. “Niels H”, 41, had already been convicted on two counts of murder and four of attempted murder in nursing homes in the northern German cities of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst between 1999 and 2005.
However, investigations have continued after his conviction and the total is rising. In August, police said that they suspected that he may have killed 90 people after exhuming the bodies of more patients. Now they have added another 16. New charges will be brought next year.
There is a good chance that more murders will be discovered.
Why did Mr H do it? Prosecutors said the he felt bored with his repetitive work. He would inject patients
In June, one month after he was given a suspended prison term for being a scout for a prostitution ring, Takahiro Shiraishi told his father that he saw no meaning in life.
Jobless, the 27-year-old cocooned himself further in the dark recesses of social media. He used Twitter, a medium he once used to lure girls into the sex trade, to meet people with suicidal thoughts.
The gruesome Halloween find of nine human heads and 240 bones in his studio apartment in Zama city, an hour and a half from central Tokyo, has spooked Japan and again shone a light on suicide and mental health issues in a country that even has a “suicide forest”.
Japan has the sixth highest suicide rate in the world. Some 21,897 killed themselves last year – a 22-year low, while there were 257 reports filed with the Internet Hotline Centre about suicide attempts.
It was around 6:30 a.m., on October 5, 1976, when Jane Sandler heard footsteps running toward her bedroom in her ranch style house in Citrus Heights, California, a middle class suburb of Sacramento.
Thinking it was her husband, who had just left for work for the day, Sandler, a 30-year-old Air Force reserve captain, said, “What did you forget?”
That’s when she looked up and saw an intruder wearing a black ski mask shining a flashlight in her face. As she clutched her 3-year-old son next to her, he put a large knife to her chest and muttered, “Shut up, I will kill you.”
The intruder quickly tied their hands, blindfolded them, and tied her feet using sheets from her bed.