Suspected of being the greatest serial killer in US history, Charles Cullen preferred to kill his patients rather than treat them
– CRIMINAL FILE
Name Charles Edmund Cullen (1960-)
Location of operation New Jersey and Pennsylvania (USA) 40
deaths confirmed and 400 unproven
1) Born in New Jersey, Cullen had a tragic childhood and adolescence. When she was still a baby, her father died of a heart attack. At age 9, Cullen tried to kill himself by ingesting products from a chemistry kit, and at 17 he lost his mother and sister in a serious car accident . Alone in the world, he left school.
2) enlisted in the Navy the US in 1978. He joined as an operator of ballistic missile submarines and ships, but after a few years in office began to show signs of mental instability. Inmate, he was discharged only in 1984, after recovering from seven suicide attempts.
3) Still in 1984, she enrolled in a nursing course. His good grades earned him a hard-fought job at a medical center burn unit. However, he switched his career dedication to drug theft, which he used to drug himself or try to take his own life.
4) It was at this medical center that he made his first victims. Between 1988 and 1992, he applied lethal overdose of insulin to dozens of terminal and non-terminal patients, as well as contaminating intravenous bags. An investigation by hospital officials pointed to Cullen as guilty but did not gather enough evidence.
5) Fired, was hired by a hospital, where he killed three old ladies with overdoses of a drug that causes heart attack. One of them reportedly told his family that a ” sneaky nurse ” had injected something bad into his arm while sleeping. But the comment was treated as delirium.
6) In 1993, after divorcing his wife and losing custody of daughters (he had married in 1987, a year before he started killing), Cullen had an outbreak and invaded a co-worker’s home while she and the son slept. After trying to harass them, the nurse was reported to the court, who issued a request for hospitalization for a few months to treat his depression.
7) Despite his history of emotional instability and suspected murders of physical aggression, poisoning, asphyxiation, and lack of care, he continued to work in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. US hospitals have always faced a shortage of professionals and never bothered to check their records.
8) In 2002, however, Cullen was spotted at work raping and consuming medications. The medical inquiry forced him to resign. Seven former colleagues then alerted police about suspicions that Cullen was using drugs to kill patients. But again for lack of evidence, the complaint was shelved.
9) In 2003, already in another hospital, Cullen was detected by the computer system accessing the medical records of patients who were not his. Afterwards, colleagues saw him picking up medicines that had not been prescribed. After some deaths from unusual overdoses, the institution was able to collect sufficient evidence against the killer.
WHAT DID IT TAKE?
Cullen has admitted the crimes and since 2003 has been serving a life sentence for the murder of 40 people. But, according to analysts, the total number of victims may reach 400.