NAME: Harold Shipman
SPAN OF KILLINGS: 1974-1975 / 1977-1998
NUMBER OF VICTIMS: 15 - 215 +
SENTENCE: Sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he never be released.
DATE OF BIRTH: 14/01/1946
CURRENT STATUS: Committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell in 2004.
MORE INFO: Harold Shipman is among the most prolific serial killers in recorded history. On 31st January 2000, a jury found Shipman guilty of 15 murders. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and the judge recommended that he never be released. After his trial, the Shipman Inquiry, investigated all deaths certified by Shipman. About 80% of his victims were women. His youngest victim was Peter Lewis, a 41-year old man. Much of Britain's legal structure concerning health care and medicine was reviewed and modified as a direct and indirect result of Shipman's crimes, especially after the findings of the Shipman Enquiry. Shipman is the only British doctor found guilty of murdering his patients.