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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
“The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder” was written by Charles Graeber. My review is of the audio format. Charles Graeber brings readers the details of a serial killer. Throughout this book the author proves to me that the various hospitals mentioned did not care whether their patients died as much as they cared about their bottom line - profits. Nurse Charles Cullen spent sixteen years killing approximately three hundred people at nine different hospitals. The most shocking part of this book is the fact that hospitals fired him but never reported him to the police. Only one hospital out of nine reported his murders. His victims were not necessarily terminal patients. His favorite way to murder his victims was to inject them with insulin or some other medicine. All the signs were there if someone had just picked on it! Could Charles Cullen have wanted to be caught? He certainly left plenty of clues.
This is not a book you want to read right before entering the hospital. No one will ever really know why Cullen chose certain patients or why he had the desire to murder. Most nurses are hardworking and caring individuals. It is unfortunate that Cullen became a nurse. I think the hospitals that ignored Cullen’s crimes should face some form of censure. While this is a fascinating tale it could still use some work. It is obvious that the author thoroughly researched his topic. Fans of true crimes will not want to miss this one.