Perfect Poison tells the shocking true story of a female serial killer who abused her respected position as a nurse to administer death to her trusting patients The scariest by far.After reading a dozen of Phelps true crime drama, much of the the depravity that a human being can inflict on another has been clinically laid out for the reader I found this book, however the most scary book of his I had read Not because of the gore or the torture inflicted by the murderer who shed almost to none of the victim s blood The horror in these murders were not the how they were carried out but by the persona of the Grim Reaper A petite, young and pretty nurse The scariest by far.After reading a dozen of Phelps true crime drama, much of the the depravity that a human being can inflict on another has been clinically laid out for the reader I found this book, however the most scary book of his I had read Not because of the gore or the torture inflicted by the murderer who shed almost to none of the victim s blood The horror in these murders were not the how they were carried out but by the persona of the Grim Reaper A petite, young and pretty nurse who looked like an angel of mercy was actually the angel of death According to Tim Braun, president of Braun Consulting Investigation, LLC, the shocking part of the crimes committed by serial killer and nurse Kristen Gibson, is not the brutality of the crime, but instead I t s the environment they choose to work in and the victims they choose to kill In fact where would someone feel safer than a hospital under the care of the most competent medical personnel available Or so one would assume Even Phelps acknowledges the irony of being killed by someone trained and pledged to care for patients, Which, for my money, makes the nurse caretaker serial killer the most dangerous killer out there Lots of thoughts on this book sadly not alot of them are good Perfect poison uses just last names then just first names and i didnt know who was who which was really annoying The beginning made me feel like i was reading through a doctors file which was kinda the point , but it was a little much But i did enjoy the diseases, disabilities, and diagnosis that were mentioned and described in the book I enjoyed the multiple murders in the beginning and how Gilbert was named the Angel of death Lots of thoughts on this book sadly not alot of them are good Perfect poison uses just last names then just first names and i didnt know who was who which was really annoying The beginning made me feel like i was reading through a doctors file which was kinda the point , but it was a little much But i did enjoy the diseases, disabilities, and diagnosis that were mentioned and described in the book I enjoyed the multiple murders in the beginning and how Gilbert was named the Angel of death Kristen, a nurse that is also a serial killer i am going into health care and the main thing my teachers nail into my head is you have to have empathy, compassion and truly want to help people Kristen missed that class The relationship between Perrault and Gilbert was strange at first, weird and rushed, maybe it was supposed to be Henry I took 30 red pills last night and 20 this morning I drink a 12 pack of beer They are developing the character of a schizophrenic Henry Henry Hudson so obviously Kristen is going to want to kill him or maybe fall in love with him I can t tell yet but I think he s going to be a victim and I don t want him to be a victim, i want him to live Lets see if im right Wow within five pages hes dead, but did Kristen do it Okay so if shes killing people, alot of people and everyone is just saying yeah whatever nothing we can do now Angel of death seriously come on you people are supposed to be smart Kristin kills another one and finally someone wants to take her down but doesnt want to say anything without evidence Walsh good for you I think this could be a good movie because reading Kristin killing people over and over is getting boring to read but could be speed up nicely in a movie Like a lifetime cheesy movie not a real movie Thoughts throughout the book Does this book speed up Why is no one questioning Kristin Angel of death come on peopleLast name or first name make up your damn mind Are ture crime books supposed to be this boring I hate bashing books but seriously Painful but important information is logged in this book I did not find it pleasant or diverting at all and at times found the writing style abrasive and tedious And yet, it should not be an entertaining read since it is a true story and details the losses of US veterans who were fathers, sons, brothers of people who still live in the aftermath of Kristin Gilbert s 7 year killing spree at a Veteran s Hospital in Massachusetts in the 1990 s The story needed to be documented, for the sake of th Painful but important information is logged in this book I did not find it pleasant or diverting at all and at times found the writing style abrasive and tedious And yet, it should not be an entertaining read since it is a true story and details the losses of US veterans who were fathers, sons, brothers of people who still live in the aftermath of Kristin Gilbert s 7 year killing spree at a Veteran s Hospital in Massachusetts in the 1990 s The story needed to be documented, for the sake of the vets who lost their lives as well as their families If anyone ever wonders if Kristin Gilbert was really guilty, they will have an accessible, credible source that breaks through any possible denial And yet, she still has a couple of friends from that time period and her parents apparently stood by her even when they could not deny her guilt I am a nurse at a midwestern VAMC so, for me, it was both difficult and a little too easy to understand how a nurse could have killed numerous veterans over the course of 7 years She may have killed as many as 40 but only a handful could be proven and those proofs required overwhelming and imperfect forensics Things that kept Kristin Gibert in action for so long A charming attractive and sociopathic personality can be a deadly combination all of its own Evil does not usually look evil Sometimes it comes in the form of a smart, attractive nurse who throws baby showers for co workers, gets great performance reviews and whose patients families think she is the best.Too much trust from her superiors and peers Even when they began to suspect, there was fear about confronting her because who wants to believe one of their peers is a serial killer And what if they are wrong Worse, what if they are right and their own lives are endangered I would say too much trust from patients and yet she literally sneaked up on some of them with her syringes of epinephrine Most of my patients open their mouths like baby birds to receive their pills without knowing what they are and often resisting education Being a nurse who does not want to do harm can be a terrifying responsibility.The lack of visible murder weapons Epinephrine, insulin and potassium are very difficult to trace as causes of death and were in fact, difficult to prove when the full extent of her crimes came to light.Coworkers who are dealing their own dysfunction i.e., addiction which blinds them and keeps them from wanting to draw attention to themselvesA massive healthcare system that encourages lots documentation but without enough human checks and balances.A vulnerable population with a high degree of physical and psychiatric problems that make themlikely to die and also,disposable If someone with a lot of risk factors appears to have died of cardiac arrest, few will question If someone has alienated most of their family because of psychiatric problems, few will advocate.A democracy that insists we are innocent until proven guilty.It disappoints me that the VA was not heldaccountable for their lack of oversight in this situation Cases and cases of epinephrine rarely needed on any given day disappeared without anyone questioning Kristin Gilbert s own nurse manager was on a team that evaluated codes and never noticed the patterns that seem so obvious retrospectively The families could not sue because the statute of limitations was expired this after thinking their relatives died of natural causes for years It frightens me that although there aresystemic controls on medication distribution and a growing computer system, these things could still happen.After something like this occurs, there is no excuse for denial and naivet And yet, I cannot live in fear that this could happen at any time, wondering if anyone I work with might be capable of such things I understand why things can be this out of control and I wonder how often such things happen on a smaller scale.No answers, but important stuff to ponder if you are affected in any way by the medical system and aren t we all I am ready for a nice historical romance Another good one by M William Phelps True crime story of Kristen Gilbert, a VA nurse accused of killing multiple patients at a VA Medical facility in Northampton, MA after several of her fellow nurses notice an increase in the number of codes and deaths during her shifts over a number of years They ask for an investigation.