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The good nurse a true story of medicine, madness, and murder (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2013; vuoden 2013 painos)

– tekijä: Charles Graeber

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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 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 this piece of investigative journalism nearly ten years in the making, the author, a journalist 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, this book weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal. The author'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 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. This work 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. This book will make you look at medicine, hospitals, and the people who work in them, in an entirely different way.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The good nurse a true story of medicine, madness, and murder
Kirjailijat:Charles Graeber
Info:New York : Twelve, 2013.
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The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder (tekijä: Charles Graeber) (2013)

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(Picked up after author interview on NPR's Fresh Air.)

True crime is a difficult genre—too often, it tips into prurient interest. The Good Nurse generally manages to avoid that trap. Although a large section of the book is devoted to the crimes, the narrative is devoted to establishing the chain of events, rather than a gory retelling. (Thankfully, the crimes don't lend themselves to it.)

The real interest of the book is in how the investigators pieced together the crimes, and the way in which the system protected itself. Cullen was repeatedly terminated, and yet continued to get new jobs, killing more people. One hospital warned others off him, but failed to make any formal reports. I would have been interested to read even more on the systemic failures that lay behind the case—although I doubt any of the hospitals involved will ever provide the information to make that possible. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
The Good Nurse is a true crime novel based on Charlie Cullen's crimes in hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania where he would eventually be dubbed "Angel of Death" for his actions. Cullen claims to only 40 deaths but experts believe he is responsible for taking upwards of 400 lives.

This book was written so well! I'm always a bit skeptical of true crime novels. Sometimes they can feel cheesy or there isn't enough research to back the story and all the reader has are the loose memories of those involved. In this book, Charles Graeber used court documents, police records, hospital records, and first-person accounts, including those of Charlie Cullen's. The reader learns about Charlie's upbringing, which I'll have to say helped to understand his driving actions but not why.

"Charlie felt rejected, humiliated. He was so much more being anonymous. There was power in that role. Anonymous could deny; anonymous could disappear. Anonymous was an unapologetic mystery, godlike in control."
We watch in despair as Charlie essentially overdoses countless defenseless patients and I just wanted to scream and pull him away. How did no one notice this happening? What about all of the missing drugs? Once we follow Charlie from his upbringing to his murderous career, the POV shifts to the police investigation. These chapters were particulary exciting. You can feel the desperation and time running out as they chase Charlie down.

I recommend this book to true crime lovers (duh) and to those who listen to the podcasts CaseFile and Dr. Death. Also for those intrigued by corporate corruption more specifically hospital corruption. ( )
  booksforbrunch | May 5, 2021 |
This is the sort of thing that scares me. ( )
  Jetztzeit | May 15, 2020 |
Humans, in general, are a dependent species. We depend on those who have uniforms, the police, the lawyers, the janitors, the waiters, the doctors and the nurses. We depend on these civil servants to help, clean, heal and protect us more than we’d like to admit, but generally we trust these people to do what we need them to do. When it comes to hospitals, we trust that the doctors and nurses are capable of healing us, of saving us, or at the very least, trying their absolute best not to let us slip away into death. We are taught from a young age that: “the doctor will make you better” and “the nice nurse-lady is just going to give you a quick shot, you won’t feel a thing”, so we trust these people blindly. Charles Cullen, a male nurse, fed off that trust from people and easily overstepped boundaries that should never be overstepped by medical professionals. By using insulin or digoxin (or any other available toxic medication) he played god and took the lives of so many people, that police officials can’t accurately place a number on the dead. It could be 300, it could be less, maybe more… who knows? Charles Cullen killed at random for sixteen years at nine different hospitals and although the hospitals suspected him of foul play, just sent him away with a tap on the wrist, hoping that someone else would sort out the problem. For fear of being sued, these hospitals didn’t call in the police and relied on internal investigations rather, which didn’t prove much of anything, and either asked Charles Cullen to quit – in which case he’d get a neutral reference – or he’d be fired. He almost always quit, of course, which meant he could go on and work at another hospital without being reprimanded.

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder is a non-fiction book that would make you realise how easily it is for us to trust medical professionals in general, forgetting that these are still people with human flaws and their own urges. It shows us how one man that could have had it all – the wife, the kids, the house, the job, and even a dog or two – managed to lose everything because of the need to kill. Why did he do it? We may never know. But the fact is, Charles Cullen did kill people…

I thought that The Good Nurse was a very good book. It was well written, well researched and most importantly it showed us how easily we trust those with a uniform. Charles Cullen could have been stopped early in his career as a nurse/murderer, but the hospital didn’t want to deal with it and tarnish their good name, so he moved on and continued his killing somewhere else.

The only thing about Charles Graeber‘s The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder that I didn’t feel like there was enough of was an explanation of “the madness”. We have “the medicine” part done exceptionally well, “the murder” part is there lurking behind every corner, but I wanted to understand why Charles Cullen felt he needed to kill these innocent people – at random – or at least be given a bit more information about his mental disturbance. You can’t call a person a monster without actually giving the reader a reason for they’re demise (well, the murders may qualify as being monstrous acts, but there needs to be a reason for it, right?). That’s basically my only problem with this book…

It was a good read and it definitely made me wonder about the world of medicine, but sadly something lacked in the telling of Charles Cullen’s story. However, I would definitely advise non-fiction and true crime readers to get their hands on this book, because it is scary to think how easy these so-called Angels of Mercy are able to get away with their murders for so long without being caught.

(review originally posted on www.killeraphrodite.com) ( )
  MoniqueSnyman | Oct 3, 2019 |
Creepy. Well researched. Compulsively readable. ( )
  kweber319 | May 13, 2019 |
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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 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 this piece of investigative journalism nearly ten years in the making, the author, a journalist 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, this book weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal. The author'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 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. This work 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. 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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