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'Capturing the Killer Nurse' on Netflix: Where is Charles Cullen now? Documentary follows serial killer's crimes

Charles Cullen is convicted of 29 murders and six attempted murders
A still from the documentary 'Capturing The Killer Nurse' (Netflix)
A still from the documentary 'Capturing The Killer Nurse' (Netflix)

SOMERVILLE, NEW JERSEY: Charles Cullen, aka Chalie Cullen, is perhaps one of the most prolific serial killers in American history. Cullen is a registered nurse who murdered 29 patients throughout his medical career. And now he is also the latest muse for the upcoming Netflix documentary, 'Capturing the Killer Nurse.' The streaming platform is set to release this new true crime documentary detailing the killer's crimes with interviews from his colleagues. Netflix has also released a film about Cullen, titled, 'The Good Nurse'. Those who have seen the movie and want to watch the new documentary will indeed wonder about this serial killer's whereabouts. Well, we've got you covered.

Cullen, popularly known as the "Angel of Death," killed numerous patients during his 16-year medical career. Although only 29 murders have been confirmed, Cullen has confessed to killing as many as 40 patients. Law enforcement officials believe the number was as high as 400. He murdered patients by administering lethal drugs such as insulin, digoxin and epinephrine into their IV bags. Cullen had developed a close relationship with a nurse, Amy Loughren, while working at Sumerset Medical Center, and his closeness to her eventually led to his arrest. Loughren alerted police to Cullen's drug access records and wore a microphone in a conversation that led to his arrest in 2003.


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Charles Cullen, 43, from Bethlehem, Pennslyvania, is seen in a courtroom December 15, 2003 in Somerville, New Jersey. Cullen has admitted to killing 40 terminally ill patients in nine hospitals and a nursing home in the past 16 years.
Charles Cullen admitted to killing 30 to 40 terminally ill patients in his 16-year-long career as a nurse (GETTY)

Where is Charles Cullen now?

On December 12, 2003, Cullen was arrested at a restaurant in New Jersey. The "angel of death" confessed to his crimes two days after his arrest and pleaded guilty to murdering 12 to 25 patients by lethal injections of drugs such as insulin and digoxin. To avoid the death penalty, Cullen agreed to cooperate with authorities as part of his confession. The nurse even admitted to being responsible for 30 or 40 deaths in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He eventually pleaded guilty in 2005 to 29 counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder. Cullen was sentenced in 2006 to 11 to 18 consecutive life sentences for all of the murders.

Cullen's intention in murdering the patients was to "save them" from "suffering." However, many of his patients were on the course to full recovery before he administered the lethal drugs. As of 2022, Cullen is 62 years old and serving time in New Jersey's Trenton Maximum Security Prison. Cullen's horrific story has inspired Netflix not to create just one but adaptations based on his crimes. While the streaming platform's movie 'The Good Nurse' follows the journey of Loughren's attempt to bring Cullen to justice, the new documentary 'Capturing The Killer Nurse' is a direct adaptation of Charles Graeber's non-fiction book, 'The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder'. 'The Good Nurse' and 'Capturing the Killer Nurse' are different titles, although they fit together like companion pieces. 

Footage of Charles Cullen featured in the trailer of 'Capturing The Killer Nurse' (Netflix)
Footage of Charles Cullen featured in the trailer of 'Capturing The Killer Nurse' (Netflix)

Catch the upcoming documentary 'Capturing The Killer Nurse' based on Charles Cullen's heinous crimes and the story of how he was brought to justice premiering on November 11, 2022, at 12.30 PT on Netflix.