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Killer Nurse | Pennsylvania nurse sentenced to jail for over 700 years for killing 17 patients

Pressdee admitted to administering excessive amounts of insulin to 22 patients which trigger hypoglycemia, elevate heart rates, and potentially lead to heart attacks

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- May 04th 2024 01:34 PM
Killer Nurse | Pennsylvania nurse sentenced to jail for over 700 years for killing 17 patients

Killer Nurse | Pennsylvania nurse sentenced to jail for over 700 years for killing 17 patients

Killer Nurse | A 41-year-old nurse from Pennsylvania, Heather Pressdee sentenced to jail to 380–760 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of murder and nineteen counts of attempted murder.

Heather Pressdee pleaded guilty to three counts of murder and 19 counts of attempted murder for her role in the deaths of at least 17 patients across five health facilities between 2020 and 2023. 


Pressdee admitted to administering excessive amounts of insulin to 22 patients, including non-diabetic individuals, during overnight shifts with minimal staff. The majority of victims died shortly after receiving the doses, which ranged in age from 43 to 104 years old.

Insulin overdose can trigger hypoglycemia, elevate heart rates, and potentially lead to heart attacks.

She was initially charged in May of the previous year for the deaths of two patients; subsequent police investigations unveiled additional charges against her. 

During the court proceedings, families of the victims described Pressdee as a "killer nurse" who "attempted to play God" with her elderly and ailing patients, who were not prepared for death. 

In court, she admitted guilt, stating, "Because I am guilty," when asked why she was pleading guilty.

One family member of a victim described her as "evil personified," asserting that she was neither sick nor insane, but rather an embodiment of evil. They recounted the harrowing experience of witnessing the aftermath of her actions.

Despite facing disciplinary measures for her conduct, Pressdee continued to work in various nursing home positions from 2018 until 2023, when her license was suspended following the initial charges.


- With inputs from agencies

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