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A doctor in Brazil has been charged with murdering seven of her patients in order to free up hospital beds.
Dr. Virginia Soares de Souza, 56, was charged with seven counts of aggravated first degree murder after prosecutors for the state of Panama, Brazil set up wiretaps and captured conversations in which she revealed she killed patients to free up beds at the Evangélico Hospital in Curitiba.
According to prosecutors, de Souza and her medical team gave patients muscle relaxing drugs then reduced their oxygen supply. The patients died of asphyxia.
Others arrested include three nurses, a physiotherapist, and three other doctors.
Frighteningly, de Souza and her team are suspected of killing as many as 300 patients. Should it be proven that they killed hundreds, it would be one of the world’s most shocking serial killer cases.
De Souza’s attorney claims prosecutors simply misunderstand how intensive care units work, but the prosecutors say de Souza felt “all powerful” because she “had the power to decree the moment when a victim would die.”
De Souza and her staff were released from custody last week, but prosecutors sought on Monday to have her returned to custody for fear she would intimidate witnesses and the members of her team.