Serial murderer kills seven patients in hospital
It was a news report that sent shivers down people's spines - since last May a 30-year old male nurse had killed seven people and attempted to kill ten more at a hospital in eastern Bohemia's Havlickuv Brod. There is no indication that his motive was euthanasia - none of the people he killed were suffering from a terminal illness and they were all expected to recover.
The hospital sacked Zelenka and reported the incident to the police. In the meantime the nurse began work at a hospital in a different Czech town - in Jihlava - where the police arrested him on Friday. There is no indication that he had managed to commit any murders at his new workplace. But any deaths which occurred in that period are being thoroughly investigated and both hospitals have set up hot lines for the public.
"This had nothing to do with euthanasia - this was carefully planned, premeditated murder."
The police would not reveal any details of the suspect's testimony - or say why he claimed to have knowingly murdered seven people and attempted to murder ten more. His victims appear to have been chosen at random and some of them had just been admitted to the ward when Zelenka administered his lethal drug. Psychologists say that it may have been a desire to rule over life and death. With seven murders and ten attempted murders to his name Zelenka could face anything between 15 years in prison and a life sentence.