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May 12, 2006 | By Claude Lewis
Hospitals across the country are celebrating "National Nurses' Week," a tribute to the "strength, commitment and compassion" of the thousands of women and men who help revitalize ailing patients. But despite this week of appreciation, it hasn't been all fun and games. For too many years, hospitals and other medical facilities have feared the sharing of negative evaluations of some of their employees who seek employment elsewhere. That stemmed from the fear of defamation lawsuits that could cast hospitals and nursing homes into controversial and expensive court battles.
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May 2, 2004 | By Troy Graham and Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
In the annals of doctors and nurses killing their patients, most have closely guarded the identities of their victims, leaving investigators and families to guess at the scope of their evil. On the other hand, former nurse Charles Cullen, who pleaded guilty last week to 13 deaths in just one county, has agreed to lead police to the rest of his estimated 30 to 40 victims. That process will begin Wednesday, when investigators from a six-member Pennsylvania task force will sit down with Cullen in the New Jersey jail where he remains and begin documenting his two-state killing spree.
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May 19, 2004 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former nurse Charles Cullen is expected to plead guilty today to three murders at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, N.J., bringing to 17 the number of patients he will have confirmed killing in two states. Helen Dean, Lucy Mugavero and Mary Natoli died in 1993, 10 years before the 13 murders for which Cullen pleaded guilty April 29 in New Jersey Superior Court in Somerset County. He also has confirmed killing a 78-year-old man at Easton Hospital in Pennsylvania. Cullen, 44, of Bethlehem, Pa., admitted the new cases to investigators Friday, Warren County Prosecutor Thomas S. Ferguson said.
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December 18, 2003 | By Oliver Prichard and Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
To neighbors on the working-class Phillipsburg, N.J., street where he lived for 10 years, nurse Charles Cullen was a reclusive but pleasant man whose outward demeanor never betrayed his deep-seated troubles. Cullen kept a tidy garden, had his two young daughters over for weekends, and said little beyond a brief hello, said Charles Cook, a retired machinist who lives down the street. "I just thought he was an average Joe who went to work every day and came home," said Cook, 57. "He wasn't a rude guy. . . . That's why the entire neighborhood is shocked about this.
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December 17, 2003 | By Troy Graham and Marian Uhlman INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Confidentiality rules and the fear of lawsuits could have allowed a nurse who now claims to have killed between 30 and 40 patients to continue working despite several stark warning signs. Charles Cullen, who has been charged in Somerset County, N.J., with the murder of one patient and the attempted murder of another, had been investigated by police at least twice during his 16-year career for patient deaths and the theft of medication. He also was fired from at least four of his last seven jobs, and he resigned from a recent position while under suspicion for stealing drugs.
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June 2, 2004 | By Christine Schiavo and Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Serial killer Charles Cullen would remember 1993 as the year his lifelong depression was at its worst. That year, he also killed three elderly women at Warren Hospital in New Jersey. Cullen has told authorities that during his 16 years as a registered nurse, he killed about 40 patients. So far, he has pleaded guilty to killing 16. Recently unsealed documents in Cullen's 1993 divorce show that in the months before killing his first known victim, 90-year-old Lucy Mugavero, Cullen displayed bizarre behavior, drank heavily, and discontinued the medication he had been taking for depression.
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October 8, 2004 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After pleading guilty yesterday to his 17th murder, former nurse Charles Cullen was forced for the first time to face the family of one of his victims. "It is my family's opinion that you are a monster," said Kristina Toth, daughter of Ottomar Schramm, 78, who died at Easton Hospital in 1998 after Cullen injected him with an unprescribed heart stimulant. Cullen, of Bethlehem, mostly avoided Toth's gaze as she read a statement, meeting her eyes only when she relayed a message from her 83-year-old mother, Lorraine.
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December 28, 2003 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When suspicions first arose that Massachusetts nurse Kristen Gilbert was killing her patients, investigators were faced with the daunting task of examining hundreds of deaths that occurred under her care. One patient alone had 26 volumes of medical records. Most had long since died and been buried. Five years passed before Gilbert was finally convicted in 2001 of four murders and two attempted murders - even though prosecutors suspected that she had killed as many as 60 people.
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April 21, 2013 | Associated Press
TRENTON - At his sentencing hearings in 2006, serial-killer nurse Charles Cullen did not explain why he killed at least 29 hospital and nursing home patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He had told investigators they were mercy killings. But a prosecutor said Cullen was driven by a compulsion to kill and was no "angel of death. " In an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes , Cullen at first says he thought he was helping people by ending their suffering. Many of the victims of his lethal drug overdoses were old or gravely ill. But Cullen tells a different story when reminded that some victims were not close to death.
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April 20, 2004 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former nurse at Somerset Medical Center - the same hospital where former nurse Charles Cullen claims to have killed as many as 15 patients - has been charged with stealing drugs over the last three years. There is no evidence that Larry Fritts administered the drugs to patients, but investigators do not know if he was taking them himself, selling them, or using them in some other manner. Fritts, 38, of Phillipsburg, is accused of stealing Versed, Demerol, codeine and cocaine - all powerful controlled substances.
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April 21, 2013 | Associated Press
TRENTON - At his sentencing hearings in 2006, serial-killer nurse Charles Cullen did not explain why he killed at least 29 hospital and nursing home patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He had told investigators they were mercy killings. But a prosecutor said Cullen was driven by a compulsion to kill and was no "angel of death. " In an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes , Cullen at first says he thought he was helping people by ending their suffering. Many of the victims of his lethal drug overdoses were old or gravely ill. But Cullen tells a different story when reminded that some victims were not close to death.
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May 12, 2006 | By Claude Lewis
Hospitals across the country are celebrating "National Nurses' Week," a tribute to the "strength, commitment and compassion" of the thousands of women and men who help revitalize ailing patients. But despite this week of appreciation, it hasn't been all fun and games. For too many years, hospitals and other medical facilities have feared the sharing of negative evaluations of some of their employees who seek employment elsewhere. That stemmed from the fear of defamation lawsuits that could cast hospitals and nursing homes into controversial and expensive court battles.
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March 2, 2006 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Charles Cullen has yet to offer a motive or an apology for killing 22 hospital patients in New Jersey. And his attorney said he didn't expect the former nurse to do so today, when Cullen is scheduled to be sentenced in Somerset County to life in prison for those murders and for trying to kill three others in New Jersey hospitals. Later this month, Cullen is to be sentenced in Pennsylvania for killing seven patients and trying to kill three others in that state. "I probably would advise him not to say anything," Johnnie Mask, Cullen's public defender, said in an interview yesterday.
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November 18, 2004 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a tone barely audible to the dozens who packed an Allentown courtroom yesterday, serial killer Charles Cullen pleaded guilty to six more murders and three attempted murders, bringing his death tally to 23 in two states. Relatives of victims strained to hear a reason or explanation from Cullen, who claimed when arrested in December that he had killed about 40 patients in his 16-year career as a registered nurse. But the 44-year-old father of three offered nothing but short responses to a Lehigh County judge's questions, as he did in the three other Pennsylvania and New Jersey counties where he has pleaded guilty.
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October 15, 2004 | By Christine Schiavo and Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The grim tally of victims attributed to killer nurse Charles Cullen grew yesterday with six murder charges filed against him in Lehigh County, Pa., drawing investigators closer to the total Cullen cited when he was arrested last year. The latest victims include a well-known Bethlehem merchant and a 22-year-old burn patient - the youngest victim so far - whom Cullen said he had killed so he could "end his suffering," prosecutors said. For family members, who had been waiting 10 months to learn whether their relatives died at Cullen's hand, the news was unsettling.
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October 8, 2004 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After pleading guilty yesterday to his 17th murder, former nurse Charles Cullen was forced for the first time to face the family of one of his victims. "It is my family's opinion that you are a monster," said Kristina Toth, daughter of Ottomar Schramm, 78, who died at Easton Hospital in 1998 after Cullen injected him with an unprescribed heart stimulant. Cullen, of Bethlehem, mostly avoided Toth's gaze as she read a statement, meeting her eyes only when she relayed a message from her 83-year-old mother, Lorraine.
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July 2, 2004 | By Christine Schiavo and Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
People waiting to learn whether their relatives were among the victims of serial killer nurse Charles Cullen called yesterday for Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin to step down from the case. At a news conference, the families complained of receiving little information from investigators and prosecutors, while giving tearful accounts of their loved ones' last hours. According to the families' attorneys, Martin should recuse himself because of an alleged conflict of interest - the law firm where he had worked represented hospitals including those where Cullen worked.
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June 2, 2004 | By Christine Schiavo and Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Serial killer Charles Cullen would remember 1993 as the year his lifelong depression was at its worst. That year, he also killed three elderly women at Warren Hospital in New Jersey. Cullen has told authorities that during his 16 years as a registered nurse, he killed about 40 patients. So far, he has pleaded guilty to killing 16. Recently unsealed documents in Cullen's 1993 divorce show that in the months before killing his first known victim, 90-year-old Lucy Mugavero, Cullen displayed bizarre behavior, drank heavily, and discontinued the medication he had been taking for depression.
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May 20, 2004 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With guilty pleas yesterday to three hospital killings, former nurse Charles Cullen raised his tally of New Jersey victims to 16, the most for a murderer in state history. Pale and hollow-cheeked, Cullen, 44, of Bethlehem, Pa., looked down as his shackled feet shuffled past the victims' families, who filled a Warren County courtroom. Asked by state Superior Court Judge John H. Pursel whether he had intended to kill when he administered lethal doses of the heart stimulant digoxin to patients Helen Dean, Lucy Mugavero and Mary Natoli in Warren Hospital in 1993, Cullen said: "Yes, it was. " With that admission, Cullen surpassed Howard Unruh, who fatally shot 13 people in Camden in 1949.
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May 19, 2004 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former nurse Charles Cullen is expected to plead guilty today to three murders at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, N.J., bringing to 17 the number of patients he will have confirmed killing in two states. Helen Dean, Lucy Mugavero and Mary Natoli died in 1993, 10 years before the 13 murders for which Cullen pleaded guilty April 29 in New Jersey Superior Court in Somerset County. He also has confirmed killing a 78-year-old man at Easton Hospital in Pennsylvania. Cullen, 44, of Bethlehem, Pa., admitted the new cases to investigators Friday, Warren County Prosecutor Thomas S. Ferguson said.
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