I am only unique in the fact that I will NEVER be caught. I have studied the best among them and now I am the master. Who do you emulate or strive to be like? Are you really your own person, or just the next incarnation of some other being? THE QUESTION REMAINS – IS IT SAFE TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL ANYMORE? Dale, RN
Charles Cullen, the convicted serial killer responsible for the deaths of 29 known patients — but perhaps hundreds more — at nine hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, says he’s sorry but is not sure whether he could have stopped his 16-year killing spree.
Cullen made the statement to CBS News’ “60 Minutes” program in an interview that was to air Sunday.
It’s the convicted killer nurse’s first TV interview and just his second interview with a journalist since he was locked up nine years ago at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton.
The interview, which appears to shed little new light on Cullen’s motives, was postponed by CBS late Friday for at least a week while the network continues to cover the Boston Marathon bombing aftermath.
His killing spree ended at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, where he recalled killing 13 and attempting to kill three more from September 2002 to October 2003.
“I thought that people weren’t suffering anymore,” said Cullen, who has been dubbed the “Angel of Death.”
His victims ranged from young to old, from gravely infirm to recovering. Cullen pumped his victims with drugs that led to their painful and sometimes slow and agonizing deaths.
In the program, Cullen appears gaunt, his eyes downcast in a sickly gaze.
“There is no justification. … The only thing I can say is that I felt overwhelmed at the time,” he says. “It felt like I needed to do something and I did. And that’s not an answer to anything.”
Cullen also worked, and admitted to killing people, at Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Township, Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. He also worked at Morristown Memorial Hospital, but it is unclear whether he killed any patients there.
Editor’s note: The newspaper version of this story published Saturday in the Courier News was printed before CBS decided to postpone Cullen’s “60 Minutes” interview.