Homicides of patients in hospitals and nursing homes: a comparative analysis of case series.
During the last few years homicides1of patients committed by staff of the caring
profession have hit the headlines on several occasions. According to reports from the United
States, the Netherlands, Norway, and Austria, crimes like these are obviously no isolated
events. In July 1998, the French nurse Christine Male`vre confessed to having killed 30 sick
people in the hospital where she was working at. In her bookMes Aveux, she only admits
three murders (Male`vre, 1999, p. 223).