On the subject of Dr. Harold Shipman, the biggest serial killer too ever grace the earth. He was Jewish, though that fact is obscured everywhere you look, even by the standard photos of him online which make him look white.
Im lucky enough to live in a small City called Wakefield, and for the past year (until he hanged himself), Dr Harold Shipman spent his last days in the notorious Wakefield H.M.S Prison… Over the 70’s,80’s,90’s he was a nice hard working family Doctor, but unknown too many he was “Dr Death” who had killed up too anywhere in the region of 350-400 patients over three decades, 90% were old people.. the way he killed them was … spiking there drink with poison or injecting them with a load of shit or the old pillow over the head routine .. all this remember went un-noticed for THREE … DECADES!
His killings spanned over 8 towns in England, and he finally got caught in 1999 by ACCIDENT when an old patients will had been messed about with by Shipman.
He never confessed too any killings, but he got charged for 15 killings .. with a further 350 of his former patients (Who died in weird ways) have being linked too him, all the bodies by the way are all being examined.
My next door neighbour, who works as a Prison Psycho-anaylise interviewed Shipman, and my neighbour said, “he was very full of himself” ….
Shipman finished off in style by hanging himself 3 weeks ago in Wakefield Prison…
Lets give the guy some credit! He killed so many people and got away with it for more then 30 years….
The 20th anniversary of Harold Shipman’s initial arrest is being marked by a new documentary exploring the crimes of Britain’s most prolific serial killer.
The ITV programme, Harold Shipman: Doctor Death, promises new interviews with witnesses and investigating officers and footage of his interrogation by police in a bid to re-assess the mass murder case.
Shipman, a family GP working in Hyde, Manchester, is thought to have killed 218 patients with lethal injections of diamorphine between 1975 and 1998, when he was finally apprehended.
That death toll – 80 per cent of which is accounted for by elderly women – was placed by the Shipman Inquiry, which published its findings on his actions after a two-year probe in January 2005.
Investigators, however, believe the real total could be closer to 250.
Shipman was found guilty of 15 specimen murders by a jury at Preston Crown Court on 31 January 2000 and sentenced to life imprisonment.
He hanged himself in his cell at HM Prison Wakefield in Yorkshire on 13 January 2004, a day before his 58th birthday, allegedly so that his wife could cash in a £100,000 maximum pension payout.
Shipman was born on the working class Bestwood council estate in Nottingham in 1946, the son of a lorry driver, both of his parents devout Methodists.
He was a success at High Pavement Grammar School, which he attended after passing the 11-Plus, an accomplished rugby player and athlete and very close to his mother, Vera.
Harold witnessed her dying of lung cancer aged just 43 when he was 17, observing closely how a local doctor administering morphine was able to temporarily ease her pain and suffering.
He married farmer’s daughter Primose May Oxtoby, with whom he would have four children, in 1966 and attended Leeds School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1970.
Having commenced his career as a junior doctor at Pontefract general infirmary, Shipman took his first post as a GP at the Abraham Ormerod Medical Centre in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
Here he was caught forging prescriptions of Demerol for his own use in 1975, an offence for which he was fined £600 and required to attend a drug rehabilitation clinic in York.
After a short spell as a medical officer in Durham, he subsequently transferred to the Donneybrook Medical Centre in Hyde in 1977, where he would spend the next 15 years of his career before setting up a one-man practice in 1992.
Shipman quietly attended to his patients, becoming a well-known figure in the community as he deftly concealed his horrific poisoning agenda with calm and cunning.
Shipman always denied the accusations against him and refused to co-operate with criminal psychiatrists but the best guess as to the motive behind his crimes was his having developed a god complex regarding the “kill or cure” power he wielded over his infirm patients.
The mild-mannered “good doctor” was finally exposed as “The Angel of Death” after he was caught forging the will of Kathleen Grundy, Hyde’s former mayor, when she passed away in June 1998, an attempt to defraud the widow’s estate of £360,000.
This, combined with growing concerns about the abnormally high mortality rate at his practice, drew the attention of the authorities and, following the exhumation of Ms Grundy’s body by coroners in August, Shipman’s fate was sealed.