Dr. Harold Shipman was a British physician who became notoriously known as Dr. Death when he was arrested for the murder of more than 200 people. He was a married man and had a family of five. No one could have thought a man with such a regular life could commit such heinous acts while being a doctor. Shipman never got along with his doctor colleagues as they did not like his over-confident and arrogant behavior.
In 1972, Shipman started practicing medicine. He killed around 71 of his patients while working as a junior doctor at Donnybrook practice. His target was old women. However, he also killed a lot of men. In the 1980s, Dr. Shipman became a general practitioner, and the number of murders doubled. He killed 215 patients while working as a GP in Hyde. In 1993, he established his clinic at 21 Market Street and continued killing people.
In 1998, Shipman killed his final victim, Mrs. Grundy. The daughter of the last victim, Kathleen Grundy, refused to cremate her mother and pressed charges against Shipman for not only killing her mother but also trying to tamper with Mrs. Grundy’s will. The victim’s body was sent for an autopsy that revealed Dr. Shipman had injected her with pharmaceutical-grade heroin called diamorphine and killed her. Shipman was arrested and sentenced to life in prison.
On January 13, 2004, Shipman committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell. He never confessed to any of his crimes.