Harold Fredrick Shipman (14 January 1946 – 13 January 2004) was a convicted English serial killer. A physician by career, he’s among the many most prolific serial killers in recorded historical past with 218 murders being positively ascribed to him, though the precise quantity is probably going a lot larger.

On 31 January 2000, a jury discovered Shipman responsible of 15 murders. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and the decide really helpful that he by no means be launched. The entire life tariff was confirmed by the Residence Secretary just a little over two years later.

After his trial, the Shipman Inquiry, chaired by Dame Janet Smith, investigated all deaths licensed by Shipman. About 80% of his victims have been ladies. His youngest sufferer was Peter Lewis, a 41-year-old man. A lot of Britain’s authorized construction regarding well being care and drugs was reviewed and modified as a direct and oblique results of Shipman’s crimes, particularly after the findings of the Shipman Inquiry, which started on 1 September 2000 and lasted virtually two years. Shipman is the one British physician discovered responsible of murdering his sufferers.

Shipman died on 13 January 2004, after hanging himself in his cell at Wakefield Jail in West Yorkshire.