Warning: this may be upsetting to my fellow nurses
Nurse Beheaded, Another Stabbed in French Hospital
Saturday, December 18, 2004; 2:30 PM
PAU, France (Reuters) - A nurse was decapitated and another stabbed to death overnight in the psychiatric hospital where they worked in this southwestern French town, a medical source said Saturday.
The head of the decapitated nurse was found on top of a television in the geriatric ward, the source said. The second nurse had been stabbed in the neck.
"This is unspeakable, scandalous and horrible," said Health Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy, who rushed to the hospital in this town just north of the Pyrenees Mountains. "It was certainly someone very sick who did this."
Hospital workers arriving for the Saturday morning shift found the two nurses dead, a medical source said.
Local prosecutor Eric Maurel said there were indications that a hospital window had been forced open.
"Five people are now in police custody," he told journalists, without giving details of the deaths. "We are investigating but we cannot say whether these persons are directly linked with the event."
During his visit, Douste-Blazy -- who is a physician by training -- met relatives of the victims and then spoke to shocked hospital staff.