Who is Charles Cullen's ex-wife? Serial killer tried to end his life many times after divorce

Who is Charles Cullen's ex-wife? Serial killer tried to end his life many times after divorce
Charles Cullen's wife Adrienne Taub had reportedly complained that he was very abusive with their pets and she was worried about their children's safety (John Wheeler/Getty Images)

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TRENTON, NEW JERSEY: Charles Cullen, 62, considered the most prolific serial killer in history which earned him the title of the "The Angel of Death", reportedly murdered 29 people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over the course of a 16-year career in the medical field. Even though his life is well-documented, Adrienne Taub, his ex-wife, is not as well-known.

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In addition to committing terrible crimes, Cullen also struggled with his personal life. After graduating from Mountainside Hospital's nursing programme in 1987, he married Taub. Despite having two children together, they separated in 1993. According to The Sun, Taub claimed that Cullen frequently injured their pet dogs and that she was worried about the safety of her children.

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Charles Cullen and ex- wife Adrienne Taub's early marriage

Taub and Cullen were married soon after he completed his nursing programme at Mountainside Hospital, according to a marriage licence from June 1987. The couple had two daughters, Shauna and Saskia, and a son, whose name is unknown. However their marriage didn't last long, as per The Sun.

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Records of their 1993 divorce revealed some facts about Taub. In the divorce proceedings, Taub asserted that Cullen had threatened her and their children with violence and had been abusive toward their pets.

After divorce

A number of restraining orders were issued against Cullen and Taub was given sole custody of their children. She moved away with them and this reportedly caused her ex-husband to have a depressive crisis that resulted in several attempts to kill himself over the years.

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In the divorce papers, she alleged that he had abused their pets and zipped up her Yorkshire Terrier in a bag. In order to prevent the dogs from suffering abuse, she claimed to have given them away. Additionally, she said that he destroyed their daughter's books and added lighter fluid to other people's beverages. However, Cullen rebutted by saying that she was exaggerating. She had reportedly requested at least one outlet that when writing about her family, to show compassion for her and her children. 

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Neither is Taub nor are the children featured in the Netflix movie 'The Good Nurse', which will be out on October 26. Cullen reportedly fatally overdosed his patients with digoxin and insulin among other medications. He worked in nursing in the late '80s until 2003, when he was arrested after his co-worker, Amy Loughren, implicated him after getting him to confess in a wire.

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