After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.
Cullen's murderous career in the world's most trusted profession spanned 16 years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
When, in March of 2006, Charles Cullen was marched from his final sentencing in an Allentown, Pennsylvania, courthouse into a waiting police van, it seemed certain that the chilling secrets of his life, career, and capture would disappear with him. Now, in a riveting piece of investigative journalism nearly 10 years in the making, journalist Charles Graeber presents the whole story for the first time. Based on hundreds of pages of previously unseen police records, interviews, wire-tap recordings and videotapes, as well as exclusive jailhouse conversations with Cullen himself and the confidential informant who helped bring him down, The Good Nurse weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal.
Graeber's portrait of Cullen depicts a surprisingly intelligent and complicated young man whose promising career was overwhelmed by his compulsion to kill, and whose shy demeanor masked a twisted interior life hidden even to his family and friends. Were it not for the hardboiled, unrelenting work of two former Newark homicide detectives racing to put together the pieces of Cullen's professional past, and a fellow nurse willing to put everything at risk, including her job and the safety of her children, there's no telling how many more lives could have been lost.
In the tradition of In Cold Blood, The Good Nurse does more than chronicle Cullen's deadly career and the breathless efforts to stop him; it paints an incredibly vivid portrait of madness and offers a penetrating look inside America's medical system. Harrowing and irresistibly paced, this book will make you look at medicine, hospitals, and the people who work in them, in an entirely different way.
©2013 Charles Graeber (P)2013 Hachette Audio
This true story thriller is the best audiobook I've heard to date. An exceptionally well written and narrated compilation beyond expectations. The male nurse who possibly murdered 400 patients over 16 years of reckless employers with unforgivable ethics and medical malpractice etcetera to cover the business of hospitals, instead of exposing this disgusting human who choose a needle as his murder weapon.
The narration was very good, and the story is a chilling one. A must listen or read if your in the medical feild. "people are still people".
I love reading, I love audible books even more, I don't have to stop listening when I have things to do or plsces to go...I can do both!!!
This is definitely an eye opener. I understand that people can be blind to the unspeakable things one human being can do to another, but wow. And the reactions and consequences to these things can be just as upsetting. This book brings that home. I was fascinated from the start, and would recommend this book to any who are captivated by true crime.
With books like these I can't understand how the author compiles so much good information in one place- all of which is interesting, bone chilling, and incredibly detailed. I am so glad I read all about this story! What is contained in this book is so unfathomably effed up it's not even funny. So good.
Age 55. VA implant. Been listening to Audiobooks for almost 5 years now.
I heard of the angel of death before but I didn't realize that the term came from an actual person. Charlie was someone I felt sorry for, was disgusted by, horrified by, and hope I never came in contact with. I now feel a little uneasy about hospitals but the story had to be told. Overall I thought the audio was done very well.
As a nurse, I found this book eye opening. We have a duty to our patients and must be vigilant for any signs of harm doing by fellow Healthcare professionals. Cullen used one of the most trusted, selfless professions to take out his dissatisfaction with life, by taking lives. deplorable human, great book.
The first part about Charlie was a little long. Part 2 about the investigation was better.
Proper pronunciation of medical terms or abbreviations need to be checked. The abbreviation for Digoxin is pronounced "Dij" not "Dig" as in dig a hole.
You just never know what brokenness a seemingly normal person may be hiding. Worse yet, when that person is a nurse, and that brokenness drives him to terrible acts on those least able to fight back: his patients. How this nurse was able to kill perhaps 400 people.... how the NINE hospitals at which he was employed over sixteen years did nothing to STOP him, but merely sent him down the road with "neutral" performance reviews, how in the end, it was a NURSE who carried his tale to the police, and it was a group of this man's coworkers -- NURSES-- who told their hospital administration that if he weren't fired, they were quitting en masse. Whether "Angels in White", or "Angel of Death", this story is about nurses, our modern healthcare system, and how vulnerable we all are when a good nurse goes bad.
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