How A Nurse Helped Catch A Serial Killer - Her Co-Worker Charles Cullen

  1. 4 He was supposed to be an angel of mercy-but he was an angel of death, and likely the most prolific serial killer America has ever seen.

    Charles Cullen had most recently been a nurse at Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey when he was arrested for killing patients with drug cocktails he secretly administered. He confessed to 40 murders in New Jersey and Pennsylvania-though investigators believe he may have killed as many as 400. He is currently serving 17 life sentences.


    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/t...QsjPjv2rda4T0N
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  3. Visit  DizzyLizzyNurse profile page
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    That's gotta be so devastating to her. I can't even imagine!
  4. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    This occurred over a period of years......he was arrested in 2003. A new book about this has just been released.
  5. Visit  emerjensee profile page
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    That is absolutely chilling...

    The psychological complexity of a person who is driven and trilled by those kind of things is just unfathomable to me...

    -emerjensee
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  6. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    I had written about Charles Cullen and a handful of other 'killer nurses' several months ago, if anyone is interested or bored enough to read my piece.

    http://allnurses.com/general-article...ve-796947.html
  7. Visit  Baubo516 profile page
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    I have not read the links yet, but I do believe a nurse like this (although female) was Dexter Morgan's first victim. Just sayin'.
  8. Visit  RNewbie profile page
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    Does anyone know what made the police even suspect him? Don't most hospitals have software that show if you are accessing too many charts of pt's that are not yours? Did the other nurses who worked with him not notice or mention that he barely charted on his own pts? How does someone do this for years without being suspected...
  9. Visit  donsterRN profile page
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    I just finished reading The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber. Absolutely chilling.
  10. Visit  lmccrn62 profile page
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    I worked with Charles Cullen when he worked at Warren Hospital. He ended up being transferred to the ICU after he had a restraining order against him for stalking a nurse he worked with on another floor.
    Like I said my time was brief and my recollection of him was "odd". He didn't mingle with the nurses but kept to himself and his patients. He was attentive to them and their families. After I left I then met up with him at Morristown Hospital about a year or do later. He worked in a different unit then I did but was fired within the first year of his employment.
    When I saw the story break I knew he was weird but never would of guessed he was capable of such atrocities.
    It's unfortunate he wasn't caught sooner.
  11. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Quote from RNewbie
    Does anyone know what made the police even suspect him? Don't most hospitals have software that show if you are accessing too many charts of pt's that are not yours? Did the other nurses who worked with him not notice or mention that he barely charted on his own pts? How does someone do this for years without being suspected...
    "Cullen was largely able to move from facility to facility undetected, experts say, because of lacking reporting requirements and inadequate legal protection for employers. New Jersey and Pennsylvania, like most states, required health care facilities to report suspicious deaths only in the most egregious cases, and penalties for failing to report incidents were minor. Many states did not give investigators the legal authority to discover where a worker had previously been employed. Employers feared to investigate incidents or give a bad employment reference for fear that such actions might trigger a lawsuit. According to detectives and Cullen himself, several hospitals suspected he was harming/killing patients but failed to take appropriate legal actions."

    From: Charles Cullen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  12. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Charles Cullen's work history should have raised a flag to any nurse manager. So many changes of employment often within several months of each other. Hospitals also should have noticed he was browsing around pt records that weren't his, not once but often.

    Patients before their deaths stated that "the sneaky male nurse" had given them injections but family, the hospital and others either didn't believe them or dismissed their observations.

    There is also the fact of the declining autopsy rates in this country, even when a death is unexpected. Coroner's inquests are rare for patients who die in hospital unless there are strong compelling reasons or the family insists.

    As noted above facilities rather than risk *former nurse* Cullen threatening them with lawsuits simply walked him to the door when strange things happened, but gave references (even if only confirming dates of hire and discharge) when called upon to do so and sometimes gave positive reviews. http://www.mycentraljersey.com/artic...al-killer-case

    The world may never know the exact number of persons sent to their deaths by Mr. Cullen. Most experts in the case agree far more than the 40 or whatever number Cullen gave as his victims. It could range as high as 400 patient deaths over his career as a nurse but again we shall never know. The expense of tracing, exhuming then testing potential victim's bodies would be dear and whatever evidence may have been destroyed during the embalming process and or simply gone after long period under ground. Then of course there would be the problem of finding what patient/nursing records exsisted.
  13. Visit  gabriellevallen profile page
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    Check out "Author Charles Graeber Reading and Book Signing for THE GOOD NURSE" http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6413445789/estw
  14. Visit  klone profile page
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    What a horribly written article. Is this an excerpt from the book?
    Not_A_Hat_Person likes this.


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