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Charles Cullen

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Sydney Jones

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Transcript of Charles Cullen

Charles Cullen
"Angel of Death"

Society
This would still be seen as deviant behavior today because many people trust hospitals and their staff to take care of the patient and make them better to the best of their ability. But instead Cullen killed the people he was suppose to save because he did not want them to suffer even though reports show that he caused them to suffer over a period of days without even knowing it.
Society back then would not accept the kind of drugs that Cullen was using for himself to inducing on other as much as our society would today. Those types of hard drugs were not common and now these are the first thing that comes to mind.
Sociological Perspective
Conflict perspective best describes Cullen's deviant behavior because he challenges the statue quo for what he believes is morally right. In his head he is saving people that do not deserve to go through any more pain regardless of what the title of being a nurse means to society. He saw his title as a nurse to be higher class which gives him the opportunity to help those of a lower class escape their pain.
Charles Cullen
"Angel of Death"
May be the most prolific serial killer America has ever seen.
Not Guilty?
Background
After leaving the navy he attended nursing school and got married in the same year. The couple later had two daughters.
Culture
Charles Cullen was able to get away and continue with the murders for 16 years. He was able to do this by covering it up with drugs that would not show up on autopsy's. It was not until Cullen confessed his methods for some of his murders that investigators could figure out how he killed people without a trace.
Some people now how a fear of going to the hospital or trusting their physicians because they do not know if they're really trying to treat them taking the patients life into their own hands.
Deviant Behaviors
Fantasized about stealing drugs from the hospital where he worked and using them to commit suicide.
Cullen told authorities that he had murdered as many as 45 patients during the 16 years he worked at 10 hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Cullen said that he overdosed his patients because he could not stand to see them suffering and have the hospital de-humanizing them.
Charles Cullen was born in West Orange, New Jersey, the youngest of eight children in a deeply religious Catholic family.
Cullen's father died when Cullen was an infant. Two of his siblings also died in adulthood.
His father raped him as a child.
Cullen described his childhood as miserable. He attempted suicide 20 times in his lifetime.
Cullen's mother died when he was 17. He was so devastated that he dropped out of high school and joined the submarine corps.
Punishment
Sources
http://murderpedia.org/male.C/c/cullen-charles.htm
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-03-02-nurse-sentencing_x.htm
Escaped the death penalty after making a deal with prosecutors to tell them which patients he killed with hard-to-detect drug injections.
He received 11 consecutive life terms at a tense hearing in which he came face-to-face with his victims' families for the first time.
Sydney Jones B1
I think that he deserved the correct punishment for his crime because even though he escaped the death penalty, he will have to spend the rest of his life in prison for his crimes.
Charles was raised in a home where he suffered most of his life and the only way that he felt he could escape it is by committing suicide. He was not successful with any of his attempts so he knew how it felt to deal with being miserable and not being able to escape it. He chose his victims based on how much they were suffering. If he knew that there was no hope for them, he could not sit back and watch them suffer like he had for most of his life. He was only trying to save them from being miserable, like himself, for the rest of their life.
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