Saturday 20 June 2015

Serial Killers: Arnfinn Nesset

Born: October 25, 1936

Number of victims: 20+ 

Date of murders: 1977 - 1980 

Method of murder: Poisoning

Location: Orkdal, Norway

A balding, mild mannered nursing home administrator, Arnfinn Nessett is believed to have murdered as many as 138 patients over a 20-year career, making him Norway’s deadliest serial killer.

Most of those murders were committed after Nessett took up a position as director of the Orkdal Valley Nursing Home. Soon after that appointment, there was a significant spike in the number of deaths at the clinic. Given the ages of the patients, this did not at first arouse suspicion. Then, in early 1981, a journalist received a tip-off that Nesset was ordering large quantities of curacit, a derivative of the poison used by Amazonian tribes on the tips of their arrows.

Nesset was questioned by police, but said that he’d bought the drug to poison a pack of stray dogs that had been hanging around the nursing home. Then, inexplicably, he changed his story and admitted to killing patients. Asked how many he'd murdered, he exclaimed “I’ve killed so many that I'm unable to remember them all.”

Nesset was eventually convicted of 22 murders and sentenced to 21-year years in prison, the maximum allowed by Norwegian law. He was released in 2004.

Read the horrific story of Arnfinn Nesset, plus 29 more serial killer cases in 
Human Monsters Vol 2.  Available now on Amazon

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