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    Dr Harold Fred Shipman - Britain's most prolific serial killer.

    Dr Harold Shipman was a family doctor ( GP or general practitioner) who practiced in a number of small to medium towns in central England. Most of his murders were carried out in and around Hyde and Greater Manchester.

    Shipman seemed and looked ordinary on the surface but his life was far from it. He was controlled by his domineering mother who died when he was 17. Shipman was real close to his mother - real close. In fact, some family members speculated that Shipman and his mother may have had a sexual relationship - enough to screw up any fine young man. Shipman never seemed to get over his mother's death. Many think it was the catalyst for his deep seeded psychological problems. Shipman married at 19 after getting a 16 year old girl pregnant. His family and the young girl's family did not apprvove of the marriage. Shipman may have been screwed up but he was intelligent - he went on to medical school and obtained his full registration in 1974.

    Shipman would practice medicine from 1975 to 1998. He started murdering patients so after he began to practise. Shipman had other problems - he was a drug addict would inject himself with Demerol ( Pethidine in UK). In 1976 he was suspended as a doctor when his addiction and prescription forgeries were uncovered. You would think Shipman would have been finished as a doctor but no such luck. After 1 year and 6 months Shipman was reinstated as a doctor - he was in rehab and convinced the medical council that he was just fine.

    Shipman settled in to middle class life in England - he was a respected family doctor and was involved in many community organizations. He was married and would have 4 children. He wife, Primrose, has been described as simple, uneducated and totally controlled by her husband. She would support her husband throughout and claims his innocence til today.

    Dr Shipman would kill his patients by injecting them with morphine. Most of his victims were elderly women but not terminal. Most of the murders were carried out in the home of the victim ( sometimes with other family members in the house). He also killed at his office - one woman he killed and then went on to treat other patients. Shipman would carry his death certificate register everywhere he went. After killing a patient, he would pull out his register and complete it. He would encourage the family not to have an autopsy and the families agreed. Shipman would forge medical records to indicate that his dead patients were in poor health.

    In 1998 Shipman got greedy when he killed a patient and forged her will and made himself the beneficiary. This was the beginning of the end for the good doctor. He was eventually charged and convicted for murdering 15 women. The trial created a sensation in England. Shipman testified on his own behalf and claimed he was innocent. He was convicted of 15 life sentences on JAN 2000.

    The government held an inquiry - they estimated that Shipman had killed between 215 and 250 people. The exact number will never be known as Shipman never confessed. Shipman's wife was never charged and it is anyone's guess if she knew of her husband's murderous ways. she played the devoted wife to the end. Many people in the community initially supported Shipman but the support waned as the trial went on.

    In prison Shipman would give medical advice to fellow prisoners and staff. After this was made public Shipman was moved to solitary confinement. On Jan 13/04, Shipman was found hanged in his cell - he hanged himself from the window bars using bed sheets.

    Here is Shipman:



    Here is the inquiry into his death. Its a great read.

    http://www.the-shipman-inquiry.org.uk/home.asp


    list of victims;
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2138888.stm

    the lovely Primrose Shipman:


    Shipman has become a cult figure in England. Here is one T-shirt.



    Check this song out - it is hilarious in a twisted way;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Itu9o7iT8SY

    there are plenty "tributes" to Shipman on the net.

    Shipman was great at Trivial Pursuit and Scabble.

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    He and Beverly Allitt are the reasons I am terrified of the medical profession.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handrejka View Post
    He and Beverly Allitt are the reasons I am terrified of the medical profession.
    Understandable, they personify evil.

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    The actor James Bolam played him in a tv dramatisation - quite a good likeness:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vladpyre View Post
    The actor James Bolam played him in a tv dramatisation - quite a good likeness:

    I saw some of that, couldn't handle it all, it was a very believable performance. I was living in Manchester not too far from Hyde at the time the news broke which is probably why this freaks me out so much. Does anybody know what happened to his wife and kids?

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    Jeffrey Dahmer, various weapons, 17 murder charges filed..
    Harold Shipman One bloke, one needle, two hundred plus dead.... makes you almost proud to be British..lol.x
    Actually this all occured not that far from us... just up Lancashire way, and Ive not seen a doctor since!!
    GOTHS...EVEN THE UNDEAD LOVE THE DEAD!!

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