Charles Cullen was considered to be somewhat odd by his colleagues in the nursing field but no one would have ever said he was evil. And his employers found Charles to be a God-send; he was willing to work shifts no one else wanted such as holidays, weekends, and nights.
But strange things happened on Charles’ shifts. The code blues were sometimes triple in number on the shifts Charles worked compared to others and whispered rumors turned to questions and vague allegations. The hospitals couldn’t afford the public relations nightmares or lawsuits certain to be brought forth by these implications so facility after facility simply terminated Charles’ employment and sent him off, happy to have washed their hands of him and let the “issues” be someone else’s problem.
Yet as often happens with serial killers like Charles Cullen, his murders became more frequent and more sloppy until the overlooked becomes so obvious no one can deny what’s happening right under their noses.
But it doesn’t mean they won’t try.
Award winning journalist Charles Graeber chronicles the case of angel of death Charles Cullen in his 2013 book The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder. And when I say chronicles, I mean he provides every small details. The result? It’s fascinating from the very first sentence!
I had heard of Charles Cullen but I hadn’t really delved into his story so The Good Nurse gripped me from beginning to end. Not only was it a true crime but it was also a schooling in just what lengths medical facilities will go to cover up the evil deeds of employees.
The Good Nurse is so detailed, so precise in its telling, I dare you not to look at every nurse and doctor you meet with a suspicious eye and wonder, “Could this be my Charles Cullen?”
I love a book that gives this jaded reader cold chills so, yes, indeed read The Good Nurse; one of the most frightening true crime books of this year.
Note: For more information about author Charles Graeber and to view media appearances clips, visit www.charlesgraeber.com.