How death of Kathleen Grundy led to serial killer Harold Shipman’s capture
Tonight, a BBC Two documentary will take a deeper look at the crimes of sadistic serial killerHarold Shipman.
The former GP was found guilty of killing 15 of his patients back in 2000 – but an inquiry later found he had murdered around 250.
Between 1971 and 1998 Shipman killed mostly elderly female patients by injecting them with diamorphine – the medical name for heroin.
For more than 25 years Shipman got away with murder from his GP surgery in Hyde.
But his crimes eventually caught up with him after he killed his last victim – 81-year-old Kathleen Grundy.
The first episode of Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story looks at how his serial killing was finally uncovered.
Despite her impressive years, the former mayoress of Hyde was fit and healthy.
Shipman visited her cottage early on June 23 1998 to carry out a routine bloodiest.
But instead of drawing blood, Shipman delivered a lethal dose of diamorphine.
Friends of the former mayoress found her dead later that morning, fully clothed.
Shipman was called to her cottage, and established that she had died of old age.
But Shipman had become greedy – and it was this greed that would lead to his downfall.
Kathleen’s daughter, lawyer Angela Woodruff, became concerned when the solicitor informed her about her mother’s will.
It excluded the daughter and Kathleen’s other children from the will – but left £386,000 to Shipman.
Angela went to the police, and they began to investigate the death of Kathleen.
Her body was exhumed, and found to contain traces of diamorphine.
Shipman claimed that Grundy had been an addict, showing them comments he had written in his medical journal.
But an examination showed that these were written after her death.
The killer was arrested on September 7 1998, and it was found Shipman had a pattern of murdering patients.
The doctor would administer lethal doses of diamorphine, sign their death certificates, and falsify medical records to cover his tracks.
The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story airs Monday-Wednesday at 9pm on BBC Two this week
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