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In the Phillipsburg hospital, 3 elderly women walked in to treat a minor health issue. There came a male nurse with a bag of digoxin which is used to treat heart patients.  None of them with heart patients, but he gave them the medicines and it was an overdose.  After a few moments, all three women were pronounced dead. The man who was responsible for the lives became the reason for their death.

This man is the Charles Cullen serial killer whose role was to take care of the patients. But during that time, no one didn’t know that he was the angel of death. He is the most prolific serial killer in the history of New Jersey, known to have murdered 45 patients in the 10 hospitals he has worked for 16 years. 

Who is this man and where is he now? Continue reading to know about this worst killer of New Jersey. 

Who is Charles Cullen? 

Who is Charles Cullen? 

Charles Edmond Cullen was born in February 1960 in  West Orange, New Jersey.  He was born into a  deeply religious Catholic family and was the youngest of eight children, and was born to a bus driver.  Most of the time they spent with their mother.  When Cullen was an infant, his father died. 

The life of Cullen was miserable, as it was said that he was being raped by his father.  At the age of 9, Cullen attempted suicide by drinking chemicals. He was working as a nurse for some time, where he stole drugs from the hospital and used them to commit suicide.

In one attempt,  he was rushed to the hospital to have major surgery. When he was 17 years old his mother died in an automobile accident. He was devastated by his mother’s death and so dropped out of high school and joined the U.S. Navy in 1978.  He rose to the rank of petty officer third class of the team that operated the ship’s Poseidon missiles. 

But he was showing signs of mental illness, where once he was transferred to the supply ship USS Canopus, and there he tried to kill himself several times over the next few years.  The last attempt, made him get discharged from the Navy in March 1984.  Leaving the Navy,  he attended Mountainside School of Nursing, and in the year 1987, he got a job at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston,  New Jersey. 

He got married to Adrienne Taub and had two daughters. 

The start of his murder

On June 11, 1988, Judge John W. Yengo Sr., got admitted to St. Barnabas Medical Center.  He was suffering from an allergic reaction to a blood-thinning drug. It was Charles Cullen who treated him, giving him a lethal overdose of medication. This was his first murder. He tried killing 11 patients including an AIDS patient who died after being given an overdose of insulin. This medicine is used to control high blood pressure, and so if it is taken in high amounts, it will cause your body to absorb all the sugar in the body and the body will start giving up, making your brain cells die. 

The start of his murder

Then in 1992, he took a job at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. It is there he murdered the three elderly women by giving digoxin.  Taking this medication in excess will cause nausea,  vision loss, and headaches. It shuts down your organs and causes a very unpleasant death. The last woman said that a sneaky male nurse injected her as she slept.  But nobody believed her.

His divorce

Adrienne Cullen, his wife was not happy with him.  She filed two domestic violence complaints against Charles Cullen.  In January 1993,  she filed for divorce depicting him as an alcoholic.  It was said that he had abused pets by placing them in trash cans and bowling bags. He made prank calls to funeral homes and poured the lighter fluid into the people’s drinks.  After his divorce, he moved to an apartment on Shaffer Avenue in Phillipsburg. 

In 1993, he thought of quitting his nursing job. But due to the child support payments, he was forced to work. 

Continuous murders of Charles Cullen serial killer

He started stalking his coworker and her son, and when she complained against him he was put on probation for his behavior.  The day after his arrest,  he tried to commit suicide.  He took two months off work and got treated for depression.  He found another job, but there he got fired for poor performance, therefore, he had to stay unemployed for six months and had a debt of  $67,000. 

Continuous murders of Charles Cullen serial killer

He found another nursing job but was fired when his boss found him entering a patient’s room unscheduled with a bunch of needles. Still, he was able to get new jobs, because of the shortage of nurses in hospitals, so they could not reject him. 

He found his final job at  Somerset Medical Center in  September 2002.  There his depression got to the worst. Cullen Murders continued and so he murdered eight more patience with the usage of drugs like insulin and dioxin. On June 18th, 2003 he attempted to murder a patient called Philip Gregor.  But he survived and was discharged. 

The computer system in the hospital showed that Cullen was accessing the records of patients that he was not assigned.  The computerized drug dispensing cabinets showed that Charles Cullen was requesting medications that patients were not prescribed. 

The Somerset Medical Center was warned by the executive director of the New Jersey poison information and education system, that at least four of the suspicious overdoses indicated the possibility that one of the employees was killing the patients.  But the hospital put off contacting them. By then he had killed five patients. 

Continuous murders of Charles Cullen serial killer.

The state officials penalize the hospital for failing to report the insulin overdose. Cullen’s final victim died of low blood sugar in October,  and so an investigation was conducted to find his history.  

His arrest and motives 

On December 14th, 2003 Charles Cullen serial killer got arrested on one count of murder and one count of attempted murder. In 2004, he pleaded guilty in the New Jersey court to killing 13 patients in Somerset, and after a month he pleaded guilty to the murder of three more patients in New Jersey.  In November 2004,  he admitted to killing six patients in Pennsylvania.  He is currently serving a sentence of life in prison without parole for 30 years.  On March 2nd, 2006 he got sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences and was ineligible for parole for 397 years. He was given an additional six life sentences for his behavior in the court and now facing 18 life sentences. 

Charles Cullen said that he overdoses on patients to spare them. He told that he could not bear to witness or hear about the attempts of saving the life. Charles Cullen, the angel of death gave them overdoses so that he could end their suffering. 

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