World News – GB – Timeline of Harold Shipman’s crimes – true story behind the killer


Everything you need to know about the real story behind BBC Two’s upcoming documentary series about GP serial killer Harold Shipman

By Lauren Morris

The latest BBC Two documentary takes a look at Harold Shipman – one of the UK’s most prolific serial killers in recent times

The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story examines the former GP, who was convicted of murdering 15 patients in 2000 but suspected of killing a total of 250

The three-part series questions friends and family of Shipman’s victims as well as those who suspected the doctor of killing his patients – but who is Harold Shipman? And how did he go unnoticed for so many years as a murderer?

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Harold Shipman is a former general practitioner and prolific serial killer who has killed around 250 victims, most of whom were elderly women

In 2000 he was convicted of murdering fifteen patients in his custody and one count of forgery, which led to his life imprisonment with the recommendation never to be released.

Born in Nottingham in 1946, Shipman studied medicine at Leeds School of Medicine and began working as a general practitioner (GP) in 1974 at Abraham Ormerod Medical Center in Todmorden

A year later he was fined £ 600 for forging prescriptions for pethidine pain relievers, which he had become addicted to He was not struck off by the General Medical Council but fired by his practice, and three years later he started working as a general practitioner in Greater Manchester

In 1993, Shipman opened his own practice in Hyde, Greater Manchester and registered around 3,000 patients Five years later, in September 1998, he was arrested for the murder of Kathleen Grundy

Shipman was accused of killing 15 elderly patients in 1999, though he killed around 250, making him one of the most prolific serial killers Britain has ever seen

According to the Shipman investigation, which took place in 2002, Deborah Massey, who worked at the Frank Massey and Sons funeral home, sounded the alarm in March 1998 after noticing a high death rate among Shipman’s patients and a large number of forms of incineration which he had countersigned, while another GP also informed the Medical Defense Union.However, the police were not able to find sufficient evidence and closed the investigation

In August 1998, taxi driver John Shaw informed police that he suspected Shipman had killed 21 patients, after noticing that many elderly women he was taking to the medical center had died in Shipman’s care as they arrived in what appeared to be healthy

Police, who were later accused by the Shipman Inquiry of assigning inexperienced officers to the case in March, took note of the death of the killer’s latest victim, Kathleen Grundy, at her home in June 1998, Shipman being the last person see her alive and record the cause of death as old age

Grundy’s daughter Angela Woodruff, who was a lawyer, was told by a lawyer that an apparently inauthentic will had apparently been made by her mother, excluding Woodruff and her children, but leaving £ 386,000 for Shipman Woodruff reported Shipman to police, who launched an investigation and found traces of heroin (diamorphine), often used to treat terminally ill cancer patients, in his body In fact, the coroner said her death was « consistent with the use or administration of a significant amount of morphine or diamorphine and similar values ​​were seen in deaths attributed to morphine overdoses ». p>

Shipman claimed that Grundy was addicted to a drug like codeine, morphine or heroin and indicated his doctor’s notes as evidence, however, police found that the comments were written on his computer after his dead, as well as a typewriter that could be used to make the false will He was arrested on September 7, 1998

Police were able to investigate and certify 15 other cases, where Shipman administered lethal doses of diamorphine, falsely recorded patients’ deaths and altered their medical histories to show that they were seriously ill

In 2000, Shipman was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation never to be released and struck off by the General Medical Council

He was initially held in a Manchester prison, but was transferred to HMP Frankland in Durham and eventually to Wakefield prison in West Yorkshire He committed suicide in January 2004, the day before his 58th birthday According to BBC News, he allegedly told his probation officer that he was considering suicide so that his widow would receive his pension and a lump sum

1974: He begins working as a general practitioner in Todmorden, Lancashire, but colleagues discover he was addicted to the pain reliever pethidine and was forcing prescriptions of the drug He was fined £ 600 and fired from cabinet

March 1998: Shipman is reported to police after funeral home and another general practitioner suspect him of killing his patients However, police close investigation after finding insufficient evidence

June 1998: Kathleen Grundy is found dead and her daughter, Angela Woodruff, denounces Shipman to police after suspecting her of forging her mother’s will to cut off her family and instead give £ 386,000 to Shipman

October 5, 1999: Shipman’s murder trial begins at Preston Crown Court, where he is on trial for killing 15 elderly patients

January 31, 2000: Jury convicts Shipman on all 15 counts of murder and he is sentenced to life in prison

February 1, 2000: Health Secretary Alan Milburn opens investigation into Shipman murders and how they happened Relatives of victims campaign for private investigation in public

February 2000: Police say they are investigating Shipman’s role in 175 deaths, but revealed there will be no more murder charges

April 2000: South Manchester Coroner John Pollard Says He Will Investigate 23 Deaths Not Covered By Initial Police Inquiry

July 2000: Judge rules inquiry to be held in public, after relatives of alleged Shipman victims bring government to justice

June 2001: The Shipman investigation begins in Manchester, with the first phase devoted to examining more than 466 cases of suspected Shipman tort

July 2002: The first phase of the investigative report is released, finding that the GP has killed at least 215 of his patients and possibly more 171 were women, 44 were men, the oldest was a 93 year old woman and the youngest was a 47 year old man

July 2003: The second and third ship investigation reports are published, in which Dame Janet Smith criticizes the police investigation She calls for a « radical reform » of the way coroners work in England and Wales

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