“I risked everything to make sure I was behind bars”: The nurse who inspired the movie “The Angel of Death” to help stop a serial killer

  • Emma Saunders
  • entertainment correspondent

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Although The Good Nurse, translated into Spanish as “The Angel of Death”, is not without psychological tension, it is not the typical production about a sensational killer.

Based on the book of the same name by journalist Charles Graber and directed by Tobias Lindholm, the film focuses on a true story of what kind Enfermera Amy Loughren Helped stop his colleague’s heinous antics Charles Cullenwho killed dozens of patients in his care for more than a decade while working in various US hospitals.

Loughran and Cullen are played by Oscar winners Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne.

While Redmayne makes a nuanced, dangerous turn as the grizzled killer, the film’s cornerstone is the heroism displayed by Chastain’s character, a single mother who suffers a life-threatening heart attack while working on something she loves. The condition suffers, but it is very demanding physically and mentally.

Chastain says that it was the angle that attracted him to the film: “We usually fetishize violence and murder and [tenemos] Really need to find out the person who was responsible for this. But what if we find out the person who stops it? I think it’s very therapeutic, as well as a revolutionary cinematic act.”

The actress continued: “I have lost something very close to me. And when you have lost someone… [piensas] How can someone else create a story and have fun with it? [el tema de] Death?”.

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In real life, money was a struggle for Loughran, as was finding time to spend with his daughters.

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Nurse Loughran formed a close relationship with Cullen in the early 2000s while working the night shift together at Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey. breath due to his heart condition.

The investigation began after several suspicious deaths in hospital, with police asking Loughrane to help them. He provided them with evidence and was instrumental in extracting Cullen’s confession. However, admitting that a close friend could commit such horrific crimes took a toll on him.

Loughran in better health after experimental heart surgery 18 years ago, says: “I fought the guilt of missing him [a Cullen], I wrestled with the guilt of not seeing that there was a monstrous dark side to this friendship as well.

“And I didn’t want to see it. I wanted to believe he was a kind killer so I could worry about him. And he wasn’t a kind killer. He was a cold-blooded killer. I fought so hard that I didn’t notice.”

Now he is kinder to himself.

“I literally risked everything to make sure he was behind bars. I went in every day and every day I worked hard, no matter how sick I was. Plus he’s a mom there and there.” was a good nurse and now looking after her [a Jessica interpretarla]I think I can be proud of that character. It opened up space for me to say, ‘I did well.'”

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Amy Loughren is now an alternative medicine provider.

How can something like this happen?

Danish filmmaker Lindholm, who wrote films such as the TV series Borgen and Other Round, says he didn’t really buy Loughren’s story when he first read Kristi Wilson-Cairns’ script a few years ago.

Then, he decided that he would have to meet with the nurse in person to establish whether this was indeed true.

“I met her in New York… and everything was settled. Besides, she was brighter than I thought, more human. Her illness [del corazón] it was so bad [de lo que pensaba],

Lindholm was used in Copenhagen to “make movies with nine of my best friends”. I had never done a Hollywood studio film before and never thought I would. I had never made a film in English. But meeting Lofran changed his mind.

“At the same time, I decided that I was going to make an American movie and try to make this work … to make a story about humanity, about the strength of one person in this whole system that Couldn’t work.”

The system he’s referring to is the one that allowed Cullen to move from hospital to hospital, giving him the chance to commit more murders.

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Cullen (played by Redmayne) would take an interest in patients who were not on his list.

She was laid off from five nursing jobs and two others because of concerns about her practices.

But during a career spanning 16 years, he always found a new job. This is partly believed because hospitals did not share their suspicions about him for fear of being prosecuted.

In the film, the legal team and threat officers at Somerset Medical Center (played by Kim Dickens) try to keep the police away from what they believe is an investigation that begins a never-ending process of any wrongdoing. Looks like

“As a result of the Charles Cullen case, every time someone is reported, their record now has to be kept for seven years. The fact that this hasn’t happened already… is surprising,” Redmayne says. clearly unbelievable.

“The fact that these vulnerable people were allowed entry is quite disappointing.”

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The American healthcare system comes under scrutiny again in the film, as the production sheds light on some people’s struggles to access affordable healthcare.

Loughren was too sick to work, but was unable to qualify for health insurance until she worked in the hospital for a year. So he had to remain in the job against medical advice.

In one scene, she is seen scrambling for enough money to pay about $1,000 for a heart check, eventually splitting it between two credit cards.

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Detectives played by Noah Emmerich (left) and Nnamdi Asomugha (center) find it difficult to bypass the hospital bureaucracy.

The final word on what legacy the film might leave should probably rest with Loughrane, who is now the purveyor of alternative medicine.

“This platform that I have right now is really about giving a voice to the victims… because everybody was saying that [Cullen] He was a kind killer and they were going to die anyway. no they did not. Many of his victims were very small. Many of his victims were about to leave the hospital and he took away their opportunity. And their families deserve that voice.”

The Good Nurse will be in select UK cinemas from 19 October and can be seen on Netflix from 26 October. A documentary based on the story, Capturing the Killer Nurse, will also be available on Netflix starting November 11.

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