Dr Harold Frederick Shipman was a general practitioner (GP) and serial killer. He is considered one of the most prolific serial killers in modern history.  It is estimated that over a twenty year period Dr Shipman killed 250 people aged from four to ninety years old.

Originally it was thought Harold Shipman (commonly known as Fred) had a predilection for killing the elderly.  However in the BBC documentary ‘The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story’ evidence was uncovered of younger people and even children he had murdered.  It appears Shipman, who began his killing spree shortly after qualifying as a doctor, was not primarily killing older people in order to get hold of their pensions.  He was addicted to murder and sought to kill as many women, men and children as he could.  Persuading his victims to sign their pensions over to him before they died was a bonus.

Somehow Shipman had discovered that in the UK a doctor’s word is immediately accepted.  Doctors were able to operate above the law and with impunity.  The thought that doctors could be murderers was inconceivable.  Doctors decided whether post-mortems were necessary.  Therefore when a body was discovered poli