The Good Nurse

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber. The book tells about the investigation and conviction of Charlie Cullen, a nurse convicted of killing forty patients and suspected of killing more than ten times that many, possibly the most prolific serial killer in American history.

Cullen move from job to job and hospital to hospital for sixteen years, wracking up more and more bodies from one to the next; all under the watchful eye of suspecting supervisors and hospital administrators. His medical and murderous career finally ended at Somerset Medical Center where the suspicions finally come out and police are notified.

Cullen being Arrested

This is a well written, chilling and true story.

 A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder covering the investigation and conviction of Charlie Cullen, a nurse who killed patients. The killings occurred at random in the hospitals where he worked over his sixteen year career. It is a frightening tale that might not have ended in a conviction if one woman had not come forward and helped the police end the killing spree. The Good Nurse is a story of caution about the medical field that will frighten most readers.

Told like a story, rather than documentary, the reader follows the cold-blooded murdered through his entire career and the investigation that stopped him.

After his December 2003 arrest, 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. beloved by many of his coworkers and patients the man had two faces, the one he wanted people to see and the one he did not.

Now, in a riveting piece of investigative journalism nearly ten 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.

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.

Greg J. Gardner
Author of Black Friday – An American Jihad
Banner Elk, NC

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Breakout author of Black Friday - An American Jihad.

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