By Charles Graeber
After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen used to be speedy dubbed "The Angel of Death" by means of the media. yet Cullen was once no mercy killer, nor was once he an easy monster. He used to be a favourite son, husband, loved father, ally, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated within the deaths of as many as three hundred sufferers, he used to be additionally probably the main prolific serial killer in American history.
Cullen's murderous profession within the world's so much depended on occupation spanned 16 years and 9 hospitals throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. while, in April of 2007, Charles Cullen used to be marched from his ultimate sentencing in an Allentown, PA courthouse right into a ready police van, it appeared definite that the chilling secrets and techniques of his lifestyles, profession, and seize could disappear with him. Now, in a riveting piece of investigative journalism approximately ten years within the making, journalist Charles Graeber provides the total tale for the 1st time. in keeping with enormous quantities of pages of formerly unseen police files, interviews, wire-tap recordings and videotapes, in addition to unique jailhouse conversations with Cullen himself and the exclusive informant who helped carry him down, the great NURSE weaves an pressing, terrifying story of homicide, friendship, and betrayal.
Graeber's portrait of Cullen depicts a shockingly clever and intricate younger guy whose promising profession was once crushed by means of his compulsion to kill, and whose shy demeanor masked a twisted inside lifestyles hidden even to his friends and family. have been it no longer for the hardboiled, unrelenting paintings of 2 former Newark murder detectives racing to place jointly the items of Cullen's expert prior, and a fellow nurse prepared to place every thing in danger, together with her activity and the security of her young ones, there's no telling what number extra lives might have been lost.
In the culture of In chilly Blood, the nice NURSE does greater than chronicle Cullen's lethal profession and the breathless efforts to forestall him; it paints a really bright portrait of insanity and gives a penetrating glance inside of America's scientific approach. Harrowing and irresistibly paced, this e-book will make you examine medication, hospitals, and the folks who paintings in them, in a completely diversified manner.
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