Tonight is the second instalment of The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story on BBC Two.
The series takes a deeper look at the stories of serial killer Harold Shipman’s victims, among other aspects of the grim story.
The GP injected his patients with lethal doses of diamorphine between 1995 and 1998.
Although he was convicted of 15 murders, an inquest found that the real number was more than 250.
He was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonments on 15 counts of murder and one count of forgery.
Shipman took his own life in prison in 2004, the same year an inquiry concluded he had killed at least 215 people.
171 of the victims were women, and 44 were men.
But it is feared the real number could be as high as 459.
Most of his victims were elderly women, but his youngest known victim was four-year-old Susie Garfitt.
How did Harold Shipman kill his victims?
Tragic story of how four-year-old Susie Garfitt became Harold Shipman's youngest victim
Shipman would deliver massive doses of diamorphine, medical heroin, to kill his victims.
He would then sign the patients’ death certificates and falsifying medical records to cover his tracks.
Shipman would usually finish his morning surgery, then drive to a patient’s one in the afternoon before administering an injection to kill them.
Because of his high mortality rates among patients he became known locally as “Doctor Death”.
Who were Harold Shipman’s victims?
'Doctor Death' Harold Shipman killed 3 more patients because of police blunders
Shipman’s known victims were:
- Marie West, 81, March 1995
- Irene Turner, 67, July 1996
- Lizzie Adams, 77, February 1997
- Jean Lilley, 58, April 1997
- Ivy Lomas, 63, May 1997
- Muriel Grimshaw, 76, July 1997
- Marie Quinn, 67, November 1997
- Laura Kathleen Wagstaff, 81, December 1997
- Bianka Pomfret, 49, December 1997
- Norah Nuttall, 64, January 1998
- Pamela Marguerite Hillier, 68, February 1998
- Maureen Alice Ward, 57, February 1998
- Winifred Mellor, 73, May 1998
- Joan May Melia, 73, June 1998
- Kathleen Grundy, 81, June 1998
Shipman was finally arrested in September 1998 for the murder of Kathleen Grundy.
Her daughter became suspicious after finding out that Shipman had written herself into her will, awarding himself £386,000.
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