Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
|Dr Leonardo Cassaniga|
Yahoo news reported that:
Emergency room anaesthetist Leonardo Cazzaniga, 60, and nurse Laura Taroni, 40, were held on Tuesday over the deaths of at least five patients but prosecutors are now examining the medical files of more than 50.
The couple is also suspected of killing Cazzaniga's father, as well as Taroni's mother and Taroni's 45-year-old husband, who the couple reportedly tricked into believing he was diabetic.
Taroni's spouse died on June 30, 2013 after regularly taking medicine that was "absolutely incongruous with his actual health conditions, weakening and eventually killing him," according to a police report.
Based on the Yahoo news report, Cazzaniga and Taroni may have had an obsession with killing:
Wiretapped conversations allegedly in the possession of investigators recorded the couple talking about killing other relatives, as well as Taroni discussing the "perfect murder" with her 11-year-old son.
In one of the most disturbing calls, Taroni told Cazzaniga she was also prepared to kill her son and her eight-year-old daughter, wiretaps allegedly reveal.
"If you want, I'll kill the children," she told Cazzaniga, who replied: "No, not the children."
There is no evidence that Cazzaniga and Taroni were practising unauthorised euthanasia or that they were motivated by compassion.
"Every now again I have this urge to kill someone - I need to," Taroni allegedly told Cazzaniga in an intercepted conversation.
According to one of Cazzaniga's colleagues, the anaesthetist frequently referred to himself as an "angel of death".Legalizing euthanasia provides a perfect cover for medical killings. Yahoo news reported that the Saronno hospital is also being investigated for either covering up the suspicious deaths or simply not investigating.
Prosecutors are also probing 14 people, including the top management of Saronno hospital, for failing to investigate the suspicious deaths. Regional health authorities have pledged to set up a committee of enquiry over the issue.
One of the people under investigation, a female doctor, is allegedly suspected of blackmailing the hospital into hiring her in exchange for keeping quiet about the murders and of helping Taroni falsify blood tests results to convince her husband he had diabetes.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition urges the government to investigate suspicious deaths in hospitals and care homes.
A 2103 study found that 1.7% of all deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium were hastened without request. It is likely that other cases of medical killings would be found if an indepth investigation were done.
Considering the cases of medical killing and how the medical system rarely uncovers these acts, we cannot expect that effective oversight will be provided, where euthanasia is legal.