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Harold Shipman , Doctor Death

Updated on June 28, 2013

Harold Shipman And Some Of His Victims

Harold Shipman And Some Of His Victims
Harold Shipman And Some Of His Victims

Shipman Slide Show Of Photos

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Shipman In The DockShipman And The JudgeShipman Gives EvidenceDoctor Shipman's Surgery In HydeHyde CemeteryOne Of Shipman's Victims Being Dug Up In Hyde CemeteryDoctor Shipman's Wife PrimroseA Letter From Primrose To Her Husband Doctor Shipman
Shipman In The Dock
Shipman In The Dock
Shipman And The Judge
Shipman And The Judge
Shipman Gives Evidence
Shipman Gives Evidence
Doctor Shipman's Surgery In Hyde
Doctor Shipman's Surgery In Hyde
Hyde Cemetery
Hyde Cemetery
One Of Shipman's Victims Being Dug Up In Hyde Cemetery
One Of Shipman's Victims Being Dug Up In Hyde Cemetery
Doctor Shipman's Wife Primrose
Doctor Shipman's Wife Primrose
A Letter From Primrose To Her Husband Doctor Shipman
A Letter From Primrose To Her Husband Doctor Shipman

Harold Shipman Information

Harold Fredrick Shipman who was known to his co workers and friends as Fred was one of if not the most notorious serial killers in history. He is credited with 255 murders though the real number may be much higher. He was a medical doctor or a general practicioner as they are known in the UK.It is now said by Police that Shipman killed over 400 people and that only 3 of those were men. 397 were women. This indeed makes Harold Shipman the worst serial killer to ever live.  

It was on January 31 2000 that a Jury found Shipman guilty of 15 murders. The Judge in the case then sentenced Shipman to life in prison and recommended that he never be released. The Home Secretery confirmed the sentence more than two years later.

Afterwards there was a special board set up called the Shipman Inquiry and they ruled that there was enough evidence to say that Shipman had killed 255 persons of which 238 could be positively identified. If that is so then Shipman is the worst serial killer in history. It is interesting to note that Shipman is the only British Doctor to ever be convicted for killing his patients.

Doctor Harold Shipman In Court

Doctor Harold Shipman  In Court
Doctor Harold Shipman In Court

The Death Of Harold Shipman

Harold Shipman was found hanging in his cell at Wakefield Prison on the morning of January 13th 2004 at 6.20 a.m. and he was pronounced dead at 8.10 a.m. He would have been 58 on January 14th 2004. Shipman used his be sheets from his bed and hung himself from the bars in his cell. Many of his victims families felt cheated that Shipman had chosen to take his own life and would not have to spend life in prison.

Police investagators now say that Shipman may very well have been greatly influenced by his mother. Harold Frederick Shipman, called Fred or Freddy was born into a working class family on June 14 1946. It is said that even in childhood Shipman kept himself at a distance to other people. Vera his mother dexided who Harold could play with and when. She made him wear a tie most of the time even as a little boy and neighbors said you could tell that Harold was her favorite child. She told friends and family that Harold had the most hope of her three children. And friends and neighbors said Vera Shipman was always trying to act as if her family was better than anyone else. Vera always told Harold that he was superior to anyone else and that he should act that way.

And then Vera Shipman came down with lung cancer and she went quickly. In the end she was in a lot of pain and Harold sat with her as she died. He would hurry home every day from school to have tea with her. Vera's death left Harold with a tremendous sense of loss and he saw many times over and over that morphine was the only thing that brought her relief. And many police officials think it was this scene he was playing over and over in his mind hundreds of times later as he killed his patients.Now estimated by police officials at 400 victims or more. 

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      6 years ago

      harold shipman is a monster

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      7 years ago

      I do feel for the families, and would like to offer my condolences and prayers.

      However, I have noticed that people over the net have been blindly posting that Mr. Shipman was gaining from forging their wills. This is a mis-statement. He was accused of forging one will. I have also noticed quite a bit of bashing of the rest of the Shipmans, inferring that his "condition" is genetic. This would imply that all serial killers families were guilty by association and genetics also. Would also imply that all murderers are guilty of genetics. It seems to me that some of the counsel has the same last names of some of the deceased, ie: Dr. Fox. This seems highly unethical and would be a conflict of interest here in the US. Also the solicitor list contains the same m.o. ie: Jones, Smith, Taylor.

      The number of victims keep changing.

      The story changes over time.

      I however doubt that Dr. Shipman is the worst serial killer in history, I think Hitler holds the record. Also, let's keep in mind here that the same family members are hanging out together here in the USA. The Shipman family name has taken a real beating because of this case. Reminds me of the story of the jews tracking down the nazis after the war. To imply that the body count is higher is nothing more than a witch hunt.

      It is interesting that Hilda Fish's death was considered a natural death by the council, this surprises me as I believe that one of the Fish's was a serial killer here in the US, the movie Hannibal was loosely based on him.

      Also, there was Chief Inspector Mike Williams, what was his relation to the Williams', (Albert Redvers Williams, Emily Williams) involved in the case?

      Another name involved in the case was...

      Doctor Christopher Evans, there was a name on the list of; Bethel Anne Evans, her death was listed as under suspicion.

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      7 years ago

      I don't know what kind of health the majority of his patients had, and whether many had chronic illness or pain, presumably some must have since he visited them in their homes by all accounts. This raises the question of euthanasia. Was Dr Shipman trying to simply ease their suffering and sparing them a prolonged and painful death? Maybe that's how it started with some patients, and then he saw it as a way of getting rid of old people and benefiting from it financially later. It's interesting anyway how the euthanasia angle has not been discussed or looked at in this case when most of his patients/victims were in advanced years.

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      8 years ago

      r.i.p all of the innocent people who died.

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      Andrew Mckenna 

      8 years ago

      I heard that he was thrown out of the prison's boxing club, because he gave someone a lefal jab.

      In his scuicide note, he written I have ran out of patience"

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      Thomas Byers 

      9 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Just today the UK Police have raised his victims from 250 to 400 making Shipman the worst serial killer in history.

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      Thomas Byers 

      9 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes he was quite the nasty character John and thanks for the comment.

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      9 years ago from Miami Florida

      Great Hub. I see Shipman is still on your mind. Great to see what you've pulled together about him.


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