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
Great true story that reads like a novel. Only critique I have about the performance is that the narrator usually pronounced the nickname for digoxin as DIG with a hard G instead of with a soft G as was explained early on.
Well written crime non-fiction that delves into all of the different points of view. The narrator does a great job with all of the voices.
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I've listened to this book a few times. The story brings the light on so many issues from depression, oversights in administration and patient care. It's scary how a person like Charlie could float in a medical system being fired and hired while killing patients driven by his emotional peaks and valleys.
The narration was fantastic.
This is a great book I recommended highly it was a great lesson a great narrator and a great author I enjoyed many driveway moments with this book.
scary, chilling, unbelievable
realizing how trusting patients in hospitals are of their caregivers
he did not get in the way of the story
you couldn't make this story up
They missed a couple of details in explaining how the tasks were accomplished.
If the story had gone into a little more detail and the narrator had checked the pronunciation of the term "dig" which is pronounced dij - a shortened version of the word digitalis, not dig like making a hole in the ground. For me (I am a nurse) it was exceedingly irritating and distracting to hear "dig" instead of "dij" every few minutes.
Maybe, it seemed that he skimmed over a lot of what could have been included, such as personal interviews.
Incompetent, otherwise good voice, good interpretation.
Yes, I did find the story intriguing.
A good read of a haunting story about how demented people can be. It is hard to tell who is worse, the medical establishments or the mass murderer. If you like true-life murder mysteries, this is a good one.
That it is based on fact.
The conflict surrounding the ethical decison of whether or not to allow Charlie Cullen to donate a kidney.
Repeated mispronounciation of a drug was a bit irritating. Other than that, excellent.
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