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Harold Fredrick Shipman

Prolific serial killer Shipman was said to have committed up to 250 murders.


A two-year-long investigation of all deaths revealed 218 victims and estimated his total victim count at 250, about 80% of whom were elderly women. His youngest confirmed victim was a 41-year-old man. But with suspicion of younger victims.


Harold Shipman Prolific Serial Killer

Hearold Shipman killer
January 14, 1946 – January 13 2004


Born on the Bestwood council estate, in Nottingham, England. On 5 November 1966, Shipman married Primrose May Oxtoby. They had four children together. Later as a general practitioner he was caught forging prescriptions of pethidine (Demerol) for his own use. He attended a drug rehabilitation clinic in York. A couple of years later he became a respected member of the community.


Soon suspitions rose about Shipman's high death rate of patients. There was a large number of cremation forms for elderly women. At first police were unable to find sufficient evidence to prss charges. So he contiued his murdering spree. In August 1998, taxi driver John Shaw, from Hyde, contacted the police, informing them that he suspected Shipman of murdering 21 of his patients.


His last victim was Kathleen Grundy, who was found dead at her home on 24 June 1998. Shipman was the last person to see her alive; he later signed her death certificate, recording "old age" as the cause of death. Grundy's daughter, lawyer Angela Woodruff, became concerned when solicitor Brian Burgess informed her that a will had been made, apparently by her mother. There were doubts about its authenticity. The will excluded her and her children, but left £386,000 to Shipman. Burgess told Woodruff to report it, and she went to the police, who began an investigation. Grundy's body was exhumed and when examined, was found to contain traces of diamorphine (heroin), often used for pain control in terminal cancer patients. Shipman claimed that she was an addict and showed them comments in his computerised medical journal, but a program on his computer that recorded ghost actions showed they were written after her death. Shipman was arrested on 7 September 1998, and was found to own a typewriter of the kind used to make the forged will.


This English general practitioner killer was found guilty of murdering his patients on January 31, 2004. A jury found Shipman guilty of 15 murders. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and the judge recommended that he never be released.


Shipman hanged himself in his cell at Wakefield Prison at 06:20 on 13 January 2004, on the eve of his 58th birthday.