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Charles Cullen

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“Angel of Death”

The former nurse claimed he was ending the “suffering” of patients, but many people who died at his hands were only in hospital for a routine operation.

Cullen was hired by six different hospitals and asked to resign from five of them due to suspicious activity, but never arrested of crimes. It was not until he killed a Roman Catholic Priest, Florian Gall, which began the chain of events leading to his arrest.

When Gall died, the hospital noticed that Cullen was seeing patients who were not his, and administering drugs without doctors’, or patients’ consent. The hospital informed the police of their suspicions and Cullen was kept under surveillance until he was apprehended. Cullen agreed to cooperate with the police as long as the death penalty was not on the table. He is currently serving a life sentence of over 100 years in prison.

Cullen himself admitted that if he had never been caught, he would have continued killing indefinitely.

Key facts:

  • Number of victims: 29 – 45 admitted, although he is suspected to have killed around 400 people over the course of his 16-year nursing career.
    Date of murders: 1984 – 2003
  • Date of arrest: December 14, 2003
  • Method of murder: Poisoning (lethal overdose of medication)
  • Location: New Jersey/Pennsylvania, USA
  • His mother was killed in a car accident while he was a teenager; his sister was driving the car.
  • He dropped out of high school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, but was medically discharged in 1984 due to mental instability and multiple suicide attempts.

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