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Behind the Murder Curtain ARC Review

Thank you to Netgalley and Post Hill press for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

When Veterans Hospital patients on the road to recovery suddenly die in increasing numbers, it’s up to VA Special Agent in Charge Bruce Sackman to find out why. His shocking discovery rips open the hidden world of what goes on behind the bedside curtains when a killer doctor or nurse decides a patient must die.

Behind the Murder Curtain is the true story of Bruce Sackman, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General. Sackman’s main responsibilities had been investigating white-collar crimes such as embezzlement when he is drawn into the macabre world of doctors and nurses who murder their patients. Sackman evolves from an investigator of routine cases to the world’s leading expert on Medical Serial Killers—MSKs—doctors and nurses who ply their evil trade hidden behind the privacy curtain at a patient’s bedside.

Behind the Murder Curtain tells how this dedicated investigator brought down four MSKs in Veterans Hospitals while developing the RED FLAGS PROTOCOL, which is now taught to investigators and forensic nurses throughout the world as a tool for stopping an MSK. 

– Goodreads

I was super excited to get an ARC of this true crime, and I am so sad it took me so long to get to! I am a huge true crime fan, especially when it comes to medical crimes, so this was right up my alley!

This is Bruce Sackman’s memoir about his time spent with the VA. He started out investigating fraud cases, but then got called to investigate a suspicious doctor. This turned into a lifelong journey in learning the best ways to catch MSK – Medical Serial Killers.

As a nurse, it amazes me that people can go into this profession with intent to harm. I remember how upset I would get if a patient of mine died. I cannot imagine killing them on purpose! And the doctors and nurses were usually well liked among their comrades. Just goes to show you never really know a person.

I loved seeing how Bruce’s process changed from his first case to the last. He even created a manual that they use to teach today! MSKs beware!

I recommend this to any true crime fan, especially if you are in the medical profession!

What is your favorite true crime book?

Until next time..