On the first day of her trial for murder, the nurse who became known as the "Black Angel" claimed Monday that she killed at least 30 patients in her care over a period of nine months.
Timea Faludi, 25, told the court in Budapest that she remembered administering lethal doses of drugs to 30 to 35 seriously ill elderly patients at the capital's Gyula Nyiro hospital from May 2000 to February 2001.
In her confession to the court, Faludi, who has been in custody since Feb. 19, 2001, said she considered herself guilty not only in the eight cases of killing patients by lethal injection for which she is charged, but in the other cases as well.
However, she claimed that she administered the drugs to relieve the patients' pain, not to intentionally kill them.
Faludi became known as the "Black Angel" because of the dark clothes she wore to work on her night shift at the hospital. Faludi joined the hospital staff in 1994.
After hearing her confession, the court retired to review videotapes of her often contradictory statements to police.
Police did not give a motive for the killings.
The trial was expected to continue next week.