Capturing The Killer Nurse
Capturing the Killer Nurse is a 2022 true crime documentary film about serial killer Charles Cullen and how investigators were able to prove Cullen was killing patients while working in hospitals and at a nursing home as a nurse in the United States. The film is based on the 2013 book The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber and is directed by Tim Travers Hawkins, who wrote the screenplay with Robin Ockleford. Produced by Sandpaper Films and Fifty Fifty Post, it was released on November 11, 2022 on the streaming service Netflix.
Capturing the Killer Nurse
Charles Cullen confessed to killing up to 40 people in nine hospitals and one nursing home during the 16 years he worked as a nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Some suspect the number to be significantly higher. Nearly all the hospitals where he worked harbored suspicions that he was endangering patients, but none of them informed Cullen's future employers of their concerns.
Capturing the Killer Nurse is a 2022 documentary film about the convicted serial killer Charles Cullen. It includes interviews with Cullen, his co-workers, detectives, and Amy Loughren, a friend and fellow nurse who assisted the detectives. There are interviews with family members of the victims, journalist and author Charles Graeber and audio from Cullen himself. The film also takes a look at the U.S. healthcare system, saying that profit motives of private healthcare helped Cullen continue to commit his crimes without consequences. It began streaming on Netflix on November 11, 2022.
Compared to The Good Nurse, Capturing the Killer Nurse offers more insight into all the events that led to the investigation making giant strides after it started haltingly. The Netflix documentary introduces more people close to Charles Cullen at Somerset Medical Center besides Amy Loughren. Another nurse called Donna Hargreaves felt just as much betrayed by Cullen as Loughren after his killing was unveiled, and her work life was also impacted. Moreover, the documentary also reveals how those at the Poison Control Center were the first to believe there was a killer on the loose.
Cullen's face was front and center on the pamphlet. Amy Loughren, Cullen's closest colleague in the ICU, said that he enjoyed the attention. "I used to call him our Somerset spokesmodel," the former nurse told Insider. "He was very proud of the fact that they'd put him in their advertising brochure."
The Cullen murders caused outrage when it became public that the killer had struck in five different hospitals where he'd worked. Investigators found that some of the institutions had dismissed accusations by his coworkers and bereaved families that Cullen was behind certain deaths. One hospital fired him but agreed to give him a "neutral" reference as part of the agreement.
Charles Cullen has captured the interest of many true-crime fans with the recently released movie The Good Nurse, which can be streamed on Netflix. The film follows the story of the serial killer nurse responsible for an estimated 400 patient deaths. Although Cullen claimed the body count was somewhere around 30-40, only 29 could be confirmed. But due to his method of killing, there may have been even more deaths that Cullen was responsible for and not aware of. The Good Nurse also follows Amy Loughren, who assisted in the investigation that led to Cullen's arrest.
The documentary also touches briefly on Cullen's difficult childhood. He particularly struggled after his mother passed away, as he considered her his protector, which seems to be what inspired him to go into healthcare. Oddly enough, his desire to be a protector as a nurse became rather warped and skewed. In the interview room footage included in the documentary, we hear Cullen talk about how he hated to see people in pain, and it may be that part of him believed he was being merciful, but this doesn't hold up when taking a look at the victims. Several of them were on the road to recovery or in the process of being discharged when he targeted them. Then there's also the fact that he put insulin into IV bags still in storage. He caused many more deaths that weren't targeted but random.
Now Charles Cullen, the former-nurse-turned-serial-killer, is the focus of not one but two recent Netflix projects. Cullen's story was first recounted in "The Good Nurse," a drama film starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain as Cullen and his real-life colleague Amy Loughren, respectively. His tale has also been revisited in the true-crime documentary "Capturing the Killer Nurse."
In February 1998, Cullen found work again at the Liberty Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he injured one patient and killed another (he blamed the death on another nurse). From November 1998 to March 1999, Cullen was employed at Easton Hospital, where he murdered another patient with an overdose of digoxin.
Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain in "The Good Nurse" (JoJo Whilden/Netflix)In September 2002, Cullen returned to New Jersey to work in the critical care unit of the Somerset Medical Center, where he committed most of his murders using digoxin, insulin, and epinephrine. Cullen's wrongdoings eventually came to light when he partially admitted his crimes to Loughren, a fellow critical care nurse who Cullen became close friends with. On December 12, 2003, Cullen was arrested and in 2006, he was convicted following an investigation into his employment history.
Parents need to know that Capturing the Killer Nurse is a British documentary about a nurse who, starting in the early 2000s, used stolen medications to kill hospital patients for years, some estimate as many as 400 people, while hospital administrators swept the evidence under the rug. To avoid lawsuits and notoriety, they sent him off with references to work at other hospitals, where the killing continued. Two detectives with a conscience and one former nurse help catch him. He murdered people by injecting them with insulin, spiking saline bags with insulin, and using high doses of the heart drug digoxin. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "damn," and "bitch."
CAPTURING THE KILLER NURSE tells the story of Charles Cullen, a well-regarded nurse who some experts believe murdered some 400 patients. Although coworkers suspected his misdeeds, they were ignored by hospital administrators who engaged in cover-ups, prioritizing the health of their bottom lines above those of their patients. In some cases, the police dropped the ball when evidence was hard to come by. The takeaway is that a mentally impaired person was permitted to steal and use medications to kill many patients over many years, but hospitals were unwilling to do more than fire him and send him on to the next hospital, where he'd do the same to other innocent patients.
Capturing the Killer Nurse is shot in a typical true-crime documentary style, complete with talking heads, dramatic reenactments, and creepy-tense music to set the mood. But unlike many true crime documentaries, this one has a story that rivals great fiction whodunnits. Most remarkable is the effort made by a fellow nurse and friend who managed to get past her feelings of protectiveness of the killer to help the police catch him. The movie, and the book it's based on, indict the hospital administrations. One hospital risk-management executive hid and lied about evidence. A CEO is heard telling outright lies, claiming his people investigated Cullen thoroughly when they didn't. Only the nurse went to jail.
The documentary will use interviews with the nurses who helped bring Cullen to justice, along with audio from Cullen himself. In real life, Cullen is currently serving 18 consecutive life sentences in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton.
Netflix's obsession with serial killer stories are on a strategic high run these days. A few days ago it was announced that Ryan Murphy would return with the Jeffrey Dahmer series turned into an anthology with two more seasons based on serial killers. Even The Watcher, the fact-based story of a New Jersey family being threatened by an anonymous stalker, would return with another season. Now there is Capturing the Killer Nurse, a chilling documentary directed by Tim Travers Hawkins, that delves into the decades-long journey of a registered nurse named Charles Cullen who killed his patients while on duty. This documentary arrives weeks after the feature film directed by Tobias Lindholm, The Good Nurse, that starred Eddie Redmayne as Charles Cullen. The cycle thus created by Netflix is complete, either you watch the drama first or the documentary- the serial killer story must be told. (Also read: House of Secrets The Burari Deaths review: Netflix show goes beyond gory details, re-examines case that gripped nation)
Based on the book The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber, the documentary instantly delves onto the mysterious deaths that occurred under Cullen's watch. Cullen was a registered nurse who worked on for 16 years, changing nine hospitals in the process- the reasons never really given importance. The patients under his watch were administered drugs, and died as a result of heart-failure immediately after. The medicines were taken from the hospital itself, and yet nothing was reported or came into light. When he was finally arrested in December 2003, he confessed to having killed around 29 patients in the same way, saying that he couldn't see them hurt and relieved them of their pain. But that was not true, as Amy Loughren, his colleague and friend at Somerset Medical Center promptly says. The patients who were murdered by Cullen were recovering fast, and were on the way to getting discharged from the hospital. So there's no way that his claim of being a mercy killer was true.
The main question that haunts Capturing the Killer Nurse is how did this person get away for such a long time. The intentional negligence of the system that he was a part of, mainly because of the publicity and the negative image that would follow, was Cullen's hiding ground. Tim Travers Hawkins' documentary is less concerned with the serial killer's past, and more on tracking the investigation itself. Only sketchy details of Cullen's personal life, of having abused his pets, are revealed. It provides no better view of his journey into becoming a remorseless person. Along with co-writer Robin Ockleford, Hawkins is more interested in recreating the scenes in the hospital- shadowy figures behind curtains, tracking hospital rooms, the readings of the codes, combined with ominous background music, that lowers the impact of the chilling true story into a clichéd dramatization. The timelines are also interspersed several times over, less interested in giving us a straightforward coverage of events. Lindholm's film, in contrast, where Jessica Chastain plays Amy Loughren, feels much more focused and rewarding in its unforced dramatization of the events. Fortunately, for both these versions, it is revealed that Cullen himself didn't show any sign of remorse or give any specific reason for his actions. 041b061a72