'Dr. Death': The English Doctor Who Murdered At Least 218 Patients For His Tests!

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Harold Shipman, I don't know if you have heard this name before, but you will probably never forget it. Shipman, a man full of mystery, who is believed to have killed 218 patients and whose number of victims could be 250 or even 1000.

Come on, let's look at the portrayal of this murderous serial killer.

Shipman studied medicine at the Leeds School of Medicine as a scholarship student. Throughout his student life he was a self-contained student who was distant, different, and far from other people.

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He graduated in 1970. After working in various hospitals as a general practitioner, he opened his own examination office at the beginning of the 1990's.

He was a brilliant and respectable doctor, in fact, he was interviewed in a documentary. 

Interestingly, in this interview, he was asked, "How should people with mental illnesses be approached?"

Shipman, who was very emotionally close to his mother, was only 17 when he lost her because of lung cancer in 1963.

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She was using morphine at home in the later stages of her illness. Shipman witnessed the process and the unbearable pain of his mother.

Shipman married Primrose May Oxtoby on November 5, 1966. He had four children from this marriage.

In March 1998, Dr. Linda Reynolds voiced concern to officials in the South Manchester area about the high mortality rate among Shipman's patients.

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After this warning, an investigation was launched. Married, with children, loved by the environment; a doctor like this could not have done such a thing and because of the lack of evidence, the investigation was closed after a short time.

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Three more people lost their lives after the investigation was closed. The last victim was Kathleen Grundy, who died on June 24, 1998, at home.

Shipman was the last person to see her alive, and later in the death certificate he described the cause of death as "old age."

Later, Shipman, who would be called "Dr. Death." made a mistake that could be called "deadly."

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Grundy's attorney, Angela Woodruff, who was also Grundy's daughter, became suspicious after another lawyer, Brian Burgess, told that her mother's will was changed.

It was naturally a great suspicion for the old woman to leave her property to Shipman instead of leaving it to her daughter and grandchildren.

The heritage left was $478,000, which is equal to $755,000 in 2016.

Upon notification to the police, an investigation was initiated again.

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When Grundy's body was removed and examined, traces of diamorphine were often found to be used for pain control in terminal cancer patients.

Shipman was arrested on September 7, 1998.

In January 2000, after six days of trial, the jury found Shipman guilty of killing 15 patients with injections of the deadly diamorphine (chemical name for heroin).

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The judge sentenced him to 15 life imprisonments for each murder. During this time, Shipman denied the guilt on the grounds that there was no definitive and scientific evidence against him, and he made no statement about his actions attributed to him.

Harold Shipman's wife believed in her husband's innocence during this process and was always supportive.

Shipmans is suspected of being responsible for the death of 218 people, between the ages of 41 and 93, and also is also responsible for 45 murders throughout his career

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Some experts think that this number may even be around 1000.

Shipman, the only British doctor convicted of murdering his patients, caused a process called the "Shipman Effect" to begin in England after the crimes became definite.

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Another doctor named John Bodkin Adams was accused of murdering 160 patients in 1957, but he was acquitted. Still, there are comments that Adams might be the role model of Shipman.

Following the finalization of Shipman's crimes, the United Kingdom has undergone a series of reforms, leading to a series of changes in the legal and administrative structure of medical understanding and health care.

The purpose of these changes was to prevent similar events from happening again.

In the fourth year of his sentence, Shipman committed suicide by hanging himself in the prison the day before his 58th birthday.

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This suicide led to a disappointment in the friends of the victims. They thought Shipman had died before he served his sentence.

Some journalists thought of the action as "cowardly," while some journalists shared the joy of being "saved from the serial killer."

Why did "Dr. Death" commit these murders? Was he someone with psychopathic qualities? Was he a bad criminal who abused his profession? Or was he a well-intentioned "patient" who was trying to keep old people from suffering themselves because he'd seen what his mother had gone through?

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We will never know...

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