Where is the Serial Killer today? Refresh

Netflix’s The Good Nurse is, in a way, a drama that mocks its title at every turn, and is the epitome of not just creepiness, but (with no hint of exaggeration) true crime. After all, it delves into the real-life story of Charles Cullen (Eddie Redmayne), a nurse who used his position to kill countless patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is believed to be the most prolific serial killer in history, suspected of taking the lives of nearly 400 people over a 16-year period. Now let’s find out more about her past and present, shall we?

Who is Charles Cullen?

Although Charles Edmund Cullen was born in New Jersey onebruary 22, 1960, the youngest of eight children, he is only half-American as his mother is originally from England. So he grew up in an Irish Catholic family, but since then he has described his childhood as absolutely miserable – he lost his father when he was seven months old and was bullied throughout school. The joke actually worked on him so much that he made the first of 20 suicide attempts At the age of 9, he even started experiencing mental health problems by drinking chemicals.

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As if that wasn’t enough, Charles’ mother tragically died in a car accident while he was in high school, and he had to be cremated at the hospital right after, without asking. So he lost focus, dropped out, and eventually joined the Navy, passing rigorous psychological tests before serving on a team responsible for some missiles on submarines. However, as time went on, his mental health began to deteriorate again, leading him to another suicide attempt – he was later given a proper medical discharge in 1984.

It was then that Charles decided to enroll in the School of Nursing at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey, where he performed so well that he was elected valedictorian of his class in 1986. He then worked for a total of 9 different businesses over 16+ years. The Garden State, as well as The Keystone State, and in nearly every one of them, at least one patient was harmed. Her modus operandi was always to inject them with lethal doses of digoxin, insulin, or epinephrine—the nurse eventually admitted to killing up to 40 patients this way, 29 of which were officially confirmed.

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We should note that Charles was suspected of wrongdoing several times during his career, but he was able to get one job after another because of the national shortage of nurses at the time. However, in October 2003, he was fired by Somerset Medical Center for allegedly lying on a job application – after some drama over his involvement in drug claims. And less than two months later, on December 12, 2003, the nurse was arrested by state officials on charges of murder and attempted murder for her unprovoked actions.

Where is Charles Cullen today?

Charles Cullen reportedly cooperated fully with authorities and released every detail he could remember about each incident in exchange for them not pursuing the death penalty. Therefore, in April 2004, he pleaded guilty to 13 counts of murder, plus two counts of attempted murder, related to his employment at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, New Jersey. Then, in the months that followed, the nurse pleaded guilty to at least nine more murders, as well as three more attempted murders in the state, which continued to add to her sentence.

As a result, Charles was given a total of 18 consecutive life sentences, plus the 60 years he is currently serving at New Jersey’s maximum security prison in Trenton. He received 11 life sentences for 22 patient murders in The Garden State, seven life sentences for 7 murders in Pennsylvania, and he reportedly attempted to kill a total of 6 more people. Note that since the 62-year-old’s sentences are all to be served consecutively, he will be eligible for the same sentence (in New Jersey) on June 10, 2388, just under 366 years later.

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