A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
For-profit hospitals care more about the bottom line than about patients.
Positive Role Models
A mentally unstable nurse killed his patients for years, some of them young and healthy, pretending it was to mercifully end their suffering. Other nurses did what they could to catch him.
A Black detective pursued a White killer.
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Violence & Scariness
A nurse murders patients using medications in hospital and nursing home settings.
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"F--k," "s--t," "damn," and "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The killer used digoxin, insulin, and other medications to kill his patients over many years.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Capturing the Killer Nurse is a British documentary about a nurse who, starting in the early 2000s, used stolen medications to kill hospital patients for years, some estimate as many as 400 people, while hospital administrators swept the evidence under the rug. To avoid lawsuits and notoriety, they sent him off with references to work at other hospitals, where the killing continued. Two detectives with a conscience and one former nurse help catch him. He murdered people by injecting them with insulin, spiking saline bags with insulin, and using high doses of the heart drug digoxin. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "damn," and "bitch." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Capturing the Killer Nurse is shot in a typical true-crime documentary style, complete with talking heads, dramatic reenactments, and creepy-tense music to set the mood. But unlike many true crime documentaries, this one has a story that rivals great fiction whodunnits. Most remarkable is the effort made by a fellow nurse and friend who managed to get past her feelings of protectiveness of the killer to help the police catch him. The movie, and the book it's based on, indict the hospital administrations. One hospital risk-management executive hid and lied about evidence. A CEO is heard telling outright lies, claiming his people investigated Cullen thoroughly when they didn't. Only the nurse went to jail.
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