The Good Nurse - Charles Graeber

The Good Nurse

By Charles Graeber

  • Release Date: 2013-04-15
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
From 269 Ratings

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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 a riveting piece of investigative journalism nearly ten years in the making, journalist Charles Graeber 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, THE GOOD NURSE weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal.

Graeber'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 hardboiled, unrelenting 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.

In the tradition of In Cold Blood, THE GOOD NURSE 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. Harrowing and irresistibly paced, this book will make you look at medicine, hospitals, and the people who work in them, in an entirely different way.


  • The Good Nurse

    By Craigfeds
    What an incredible book! A hard one to put down. The author did such comprehensive work to get this book as accurate as possible. Buy it and share it. You won't be disappointed. Craig'
  • The Good Nurse - A Good Read!

    By barouh
    If you are a true crime fan, you will love this book! Really gets into the mind of an unusual serial killer (I suppose there is not a "usual" serial killer). Reads like a thriller. Couldn't put it down!
  • The Good Nurse

    By SailorRuby
    Fascinating yet disturbing story.
  • Repetitious

    By Lotgar
    Boring. Badly written. Probably should have 250 pages or less.
  • So slow and tedious

    By Catherineand
    This was horrible, I could not even get through one third of it. No plot, just horrible story after horrible story.
  • Unsafe

    By Davhsielove
    Patients are not any safer today. Hospitals are a dangerous place to be. Retired RN
  • Good read

    By Ree5812
    Pretty interesting
  • Good book about a bad man

    By tsierer
    Great book, easy to read, but it really makes me question the hospital system. How could he slip through for so long?. Its crazy. Good read.
  • Detailed research

    By Flutekat
    As a reader I found this book a quick read, interesting and more than a little scary. As a nurse I was horrified that this menace was let loose to murder again and again and the corporate heads of hospitals were more concerned with themselves than saving patients lives. Although we do not really get into the motivation of Charles Cullen, that is not because the author didn't thoroughly research the details he could write about.
  • The Good Nurse

    By Boysmumas
    By boysmumas As a Certified Nurse Practitioner of 37 years, I find this story so shocking. It's hard to comprehend that a nurse in my medical field could be guilty of such horrendous acts. I can remember working 16-18 hours in CCU to save one patient, then going home and worrying about what I could have done better. This guy was a monster and should not be called a nurse.