A nurse serial killer in New Jersey was featured this evening on HLN. The series "Something's Killing Me" aired the story of the critical care nurse turned serial killer.
Charles Cullen admitted to killing multiple patients while they were in his care during the time he worked as a nurse in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Since his arrest in 2003 Cullen has been in Trenton State Prison serving his time for killing 29 patients in the ICU where he worked as a critical care nurse.
He was sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences for the murders he committed in New Jersey and 6 life sentences for the murders he admitted to in Pennsylvania. Cullen will be eligible for parole in 386 years.
Cullen practiced nursing for 16 years and was employed at 8 different hospitals during that time. He killed 13 patients at Somerset Medical Center and he attempted to kill two additional patients while there.
He killed his patients by injecting medication into random IV bags. He also killed a patient at Saint Barnabas, three at Warren Hospital and five at Hunterdon Medical.
During an interview with 60 minutes, Cullen admitted that he knew what he was doing wasn't right “but I don’t know if I would have stopped.”
“I thought that people weren’t suffering anymore. So, in a sense, I thought I was helping,”
When asked to explain his actions to the families of his victims he said, “It felt like I needed to do something and I did. And that’s not an answer to anything.”
Several books have been written about the case, "The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder," "Angel of Death: The Shocking True Story of Charles Cullen" and "Death Angel."
There have been several lawsuits, by family members of the victims, against the facilities that employed the former registered nurse. Most cases in Pensylvania have been dismissed, but there was a settlement in New Jersey from the hospitals that employed the nurse in that state.