The Night Nurse: The macabre story of the serial killer that won a movie on Netflix
Over 16 years, Charles Cullen it toured several hospitals in the state of New Jersey, leaving behind a mysterious trail of silent and inexplicable patient deaths. Nicknamed the “Angel of Death”, he began his nursing career in 1987 at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. The following year, more precisely on June 11, 1988, he would commit his first crime.
The Night Nursenew true crime thriller from Netflixnarrates part of Cullen’s macabre and demonic trajectory, from the perspective of Amy Loughrena dedicated nurse and single mom who has developed a deep friendship with her co-worker.
In the plot, we meet Charles at his penultimate job before being discovered by Amy, who with the help of the police managed to convince him to admit all his crimes. Friends right from the start, both were the nurses responsible for the night shift, where they provided all the necessary assistance to patients at the Somerset Medical Center hospital in New Jersey.
During the time they worked together, Charles ironically helped save Amy’s life. This antagonism of the persona of the night nurse is the main target of the original Netflixwho prefers to explore Cullen from the capeless heroine who saw herself being confronted by the dubious relationship she developed with the man who – although he saved her – murdered an inestimable number of innocent patients.
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the thriller The Night Nurse it does not present the history of the serial killer and does not detail who Cullen was before meeting Amy at Somerset Medical Center.
Born in 1960, he was the youngest of a religious Catholic family. Fatherless, who died when Charles was still a child, the boy was raised by his mother, who would have sexually abused him in childhood. His very painful reality led him to several suicide attempts, which began when he was still only nine years old.
After the death of his mother, when he was 17, Cullen decided to abandon his studies and enlisted in the US Navy, where he remained between 1978 and 1984. Right after his period in the army, the American took a nursing course – which led him into a chaotic spiral of brutal crimes.
According to biographer Charles Graeber, author of the book “The Night Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder“, Charlie Cullen is believed to have killed more than 400 people over his 16 years working in hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her first nursing job was at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey in 1987.
As previously mentioned, his first crime would happen just a year later, when he administered a lethal dose of medication intravenously to a hospitalized judge, due to an allergy to a medication.
And Cullen’s modus operandi was always like this: overdoses of chemicals like insulin and digoxin.
Cullen’s erratic behavior even caught the attention of management at some of the hospitals where he worked. It is estimated that at least five of them suspected the behavior of the serial killer, but chose not to get involved, in order not to damage the image of the place.
The friendship of Amy Loughren and Charles Cullen was one of the great aspects that helped to prevent the continuation of the serial killer’s crimes.
The nurse allied with investigators Danny Baldwin and Tim Braun, becoming a police informant. Over six months, a meticulous investigation was carried out, to raise enough evidence that could confirm the murderer’s crimes.
In 2003, Charles Cullen was arrested and confessed to the murders to Amy, who convinced him to speak the truth in the presence of investigator Danny Baldwin, admitting that he committed 29 murders. Later, he ended up revealing to the police that he had actually killed 40 people.
However, during research done for the book “The Night Nurse“, Graeber revealed that Cullen admitted to investigators that he performed three to four overdoses a week. When multiplied by 16 years of acting, it is estimated that the number of deaths exceeds 400, which would make him the most lethal serial killer in history.
Charles Cullen is currently serving a life sentence in Pennsylvania.
O Enfermeiro da Noite is based on the work of Charles Graeber and was directed by Tobias Lindholm🇧🇷 The script is signed by Krysty Wilson-Cairns and features Oscar winners Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne like the protagonists.
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Suspecting that a colleague (Redmayne) may be responsible for the mysterious deaths of several patients, a nurse (Chastain) risks her own life to uncover the truth. A breathtaking thriller based on real events.
The cast still has Kim Dickens, Noah Emmerich, Malik Yoba, Ajay Naidu and Nnamdi Asomugha🇧🇷
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