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The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder - Charles Graeber
The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
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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... show more
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 sixteen 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 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. 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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780446505291 (0446505293)
Publisher: Twelve
Pages no: 276
Edition language: English
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jillian
jillian rated it
3.0 The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
The first half was much better than the second. The dialogue in the second half suffered because it was taken verbatim from taped transcripts between investigators, hospital staff, and detectives. While I understand the author's decision to use the actual conversations, I feel it would have been bet...
Seriously, Read a Book!
Seriously, Read a Book! rated it
3.0 The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
While the first third or so of the Charlie Cullen story read like a typical true crime retrospective, as the story unravelled, I found this book to be a surprisingly interesting case study of both individual and institutional morality. Cullen's actions defy any "normal" expectations for this type of...
A Book and A Review #2
A Book and A Review #2 rated it
3.0
3.5/5Working in healthcare this story didn't surprise me. I can't believe there isn't more Charlie Cullens. I was already somewhat familiar with this story. I will say that the writing in this book was somewhat dry. There was a lot of medical/pharmaceutical terminology in the book so that did drag i...
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3.0 The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
How could you resist wanting to read a book about a good nurse gone bad? Since I work in the OR myself, I just was so curious about this book because it just seems so unbelievable. I mean, how could someone who is trained to care for patients and be there for their every need want to kill them? I...
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