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
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.
My only complaint, if you're going to read a book with medical terminology, know the pronounciations, especially when the term is key to the plot and used hundreds of times. It's pronounced "dij" not "dig", use the soft "g". Dig is short for Digoxin...
The narrator does an incredible job, especially at using different voices for certain characters. I really enjoyed it. it's intriguing and held my interest.
Bravo to the author and police team that gathered information in these real life serial crimes. I am sure there are many more of these type of murders committed every year that go undetected.
It is a shame that childhood trauma causes some people to turn to savagery instead of help from Jesus Christ.
This book was very well done and I highly recommend it.
If you've ever been helpless in a hospital, as I have found myself MANY times over my lifetime...you will be horrified, as you should be.
Not so much the murderer as the system which allowed him to murder, and that is the big business of the hospitals and all of their hierarchy. Rather than ONE hospital, the first one, the first time having done something about it instead of covering their own posteriors, possibly hundreds of innocents were killed. All for the bottom line and saving face (which ostensibly IS on their posteriors). None of those people were ever prosecuted and civil suits were settled, everything hidden away from the public. Those hospitals are still open for business. All I can say is...don't get sick and stay as far away from hospitals as you can. It isn't your best interest that is uppermost. Clearly.
And as for the first case the detective was literally stonewalled by city hall, the one that had nothing to do with Cullen...I'd say let's all jump on Newark, but that town is so corrupt it is hopeless.
I spend at least two hours a day commuting, plus other hours during the day. Audio books keep me alert on the drive.
I didn't read the print version.
Conveyed the confusion of those investigating.
Thank you for the enormous, painstaking research this must have taken. As a nurse, these rare cases terrify me. Luckily, I have never known anyone like this.
Voice over artist should have done research as to the proper pronunciation of some of the medication names. ¨The passive way in which he said "okay" and "yeah" over and over again when recounting conversations was also somewhat distracting. Learning to "speak" with your hands more will lend greater credibility.
Incredibly detailed account and terrific story telling. Narrator had a great voice for the story and was easy to listen to. Overall a good book and well done production.
What an awesome read! I just can't say enough good things about this book. Written so well and had me from the first chapter and I just could not get enough of it. Being s registered nurse in an ER, I must say the story is very disturbing, sad, unbelievable and gripping. The author did his homework. I would, without reservation, recommend this book to not only nurses, but anyone interested in reading an exceptionally great book.
Relaxing my body and calming my mind while listening my way through a stress free day!
This was my third book on audible and my second purchased one. After listening to this book I thought to myself finally I found one that deserves four stars this book was gripping and grabbed my attention, the narration was excellent, and I breezed through it in a matter of days I couldn't stop listening it was a great book!
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