Charles Culen- Nurse Killer

Topics: Murder, Death Penalty, Homicide Pages: 3 (1082 words) Published: October 23, 2011
Charles Cullen
Nurse Killer

The case I have researched concerns Charles Cullen. I had never heard of him until I saw his name on the list of suggested cases. It was Charles Cullen’s nickname, the Nurse Killer, which caught my attention. I had already started forming questions about the case. Questions like, “Why was he called the Nurse Killer?” “Did he murder nurses at a hospital?” “When did all this happen?” I wanted to answer these questions and was able to do so with my research. An additional reason why I chose this case is because, along with unsolved mystery cases, I enjoy learning about murder cases. I find them exciting and interesting to hear about. In this research paper I will tell you about Charles Cullen’s murders, what happened at the courts and why this case is famous.

Charles Cullen, a now 50 year old man, was a former nurse with 16 years of experience. No one would have suspected him to be a murderer, but that just made it easier for him. Charles committed his first murder on June 11, 1988. He was working at St. Barnabas Medical Center during that time. The way he killed the patient was by giving an overdose of intravenous medication (IV). Cullen later noted he killed 11 patients at the medical center. However, he had quit his job in January 1992 because authorities were beginning to investigate. In February of 1992 to March 1993, Cullen had been through a lot. During that time, he killed three elderly women at his new job at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, divorced his wife and tried to commit suicide multiple times.

In December of 1993, Cullen left Warren Hospital and began a new job in Raritan Township, New Jersey at Hunterdon Medical Center. During the five years he worked there, Cullen murdered five people by giving them overdoses of digoxin. In November 1998, Cullen decided to try a job in Easton, Pennsylvania at Easton Hospital. He murdered yet another patient by using digoxin. Cullen only worked there...
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