‘The Good Nurse’ on Netflix: The True Story of Charles Cullen Explained

A brand new true crime drama is out on Netflix — and no, I am not speaking about The Watcher or Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

The Good Nurse is a gripping movie that follows Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain), a nurse who befriends fellow nurse Charles Cullen (Eddie Redmayne) when he begins on her unit. Little does Loughren know, Cullen is a assassin behind the deaths of a number of sufferers.

The Good Nurse relies on journalist Charles Graeber’s 2013 e book of the identical identify. Let’s run by means of a few of the main takeaways about the actual Cullen and Loughren.

Who’s Charles Cullen?

Charles Cullen pleaded responsible to killing 29 folks when he labored at hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, in keeping with NJ.com. However the true variety of victims could also be a lot increased.

Graeber, the creator of the e book on which the film relies, informed CBS Information in 2013 that he would “be very shocked, as would just about everybody I’ve spoken to with any information of this case, if it was not within the lots of, a number of lots of.”

“We’ll by no means know the way many individuals Charlie Cullen finally killed,” Graeber informed NPR.

How did Cullen kill hospital sufferers?

Cullen killed victims with drugs equivalent to the center drug digoxin, in keeping with CBS Information.

Victims ranged in age and well being, with some “able to be discharged when Cullen injected them with medication that might kill them,” in keeping with the information web site.

Jessica Chastain as Amy Loughren in The Good Nurse.

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Who’s Amy Loughren?

Loughren labored with Cullen at New Jersey’s Somerset Medical Heart and helped police examine him, in keeping with NJ.com. 

She was a single mom working evening shifts when police informed her he was a serial killer, in keeping with Glamour. Cullen had been Loughren’s shut good friend and had helped her conceal a coronary heart situation at work. The information shocked her, in keeping with the journal.

What elements of the The Good Nurse are fictionalized?

The film does fictionalize points and alter particulars, in keeping with the Los Angeles Occasions. Nonetheless, Graeber informed the newspaper he “felt that it was correct in its essence.”

“[The real story here is] about establishments, the banality of evil and people and the alternatives they make,” Graeber stated. “I really feel that this movie nails that.”

Not one of the deaths within the film are primarily based on actual victims, director Tobias Lindholm informed the Occasions. Nonetheless, “the methodology of the murders” stays the identical, he stated.

Why did Cullen do it?

CBS Information correspondent Steve Kroft requested Cullen about his motivation in 2013. “I assumed that folks weren’t struggling anymore,” Cullen stated. “So, in a way, I assumed I used to be serving to.”

After Kroft identified that Cullen murdered folks “who weren’t close to dying, and never struggling that a lot,” Cullen stated “there isn’t any justification” and “the one factor I can say is that I felt overwhelmed on the time.”

The place is Cullen now?

Cullen is serving a number of life phrases on the New Jersey State Jail in Trenton. In line with NJ.com, he is at present 62.

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