hshipman.jpgHarold Frederick Shipman, the 57-year-old serial killer known as “Dr. Death,” was found hanging in his prison cell on Jan. 13. He was pronounced dead after resuscitation efforts failed.
When police first questioned Shipman about the excessive number of deaths at his practice, the northern England community of Hyde rallied around him. Many of his former patients described him as a kind, trustworthy doctor. However, when Shipman offered to give patients “something” to ease their pain, he would end their lives with a lethal injection of diamorphine.
Although he was convicted of 15 murders in 2000, a recent inquest revealed an even more horrific record. From 1975 to 1998, Shipman murdered more than 215 of his patients. Another 45 died under “suspicious” circumstances. During one execution, he used 12,000 milligrams of diamorphine; the amount was enough to kill more than 300 people. The majority of his victims were women, and the youngest was a 41-year-old man.
Shipman received 15 life sentences. He never offered a reason for committing his crimes, and until his own death, denied any role in the killings.
Shipman was found hanging from the window bars in his cell by his bed sheets. His death is currently under investigation.
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