Dr Harold Shipman, Britain’s most prolific serial killer, murdered around 250 people over 23 years. Ten years ago today, the Shipman Inquiry published the first of six reports that exposed the full extent of his killings.
“Doctor Death” administered lethal doses of diamorphine to his victims - predominantly elderly women - then signed their death certificates and forged their medical records to suggest they had been in bad health.
John Pollard, the South Manchester coroner, who knew Shipman, said at the time:
The only valid possible explanation for it is that he simply enjoyed viewing the process of dying and enjoyed the feeling of control over life and death
Shipman was found hanged in his cell at Wakefield prison on January 13, 2004.