Serial killer Charles Cullen was charged with six more murders and three attempted murders in Pennsylvania hospitals by Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin after a 10-month investigation. Cullen, 44, was charged with one murder and one attempted murder at 588-bed Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, where he was employed as a nurse in the burn unit from Dec. 21, 1998, until April 28, 2000. He was charged with five murders and two attempted murders at 549-bed St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem, where he was employed from June 12, 2000, until June 4, 2002. There was also evidence that Cullen attempted to kill an 83-year-old patient at Liberty Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Allentown, in May 1998 with a lethal dose of insulin, but a five-year statute of limitations prevented charges, Martin said. Martin said he anticipated that Cullen would be brought to Lehigh County from New Jersey to answer the charges, but a date had not been set.
There was no evidence Cullen committed any crimes while working at 207-bed Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown, during a two-week period in July 2002, Martin said. Cullen has confessed to killing dozens of patients at hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. So far, he has pleaded guilty to 17 murders at two New Jersey hospitals and a Pennsylvania hospital, according to the Associated Press. In exchange for Cullen's promise to cooperate with investigations, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. -- by Cinda Becker