Harold Shipman: Doctor of Death
List of victims and timeline

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Shipman is suspected of at taking at least 215 lives. He was active as a doctor for several decades at various locations across Lancashire and Yorkshire, and amongst those who died in his care were genuinely ill people with terminal conditions. As such, it is possible that his actual toll could be higher or lower. The 215 victims cited are those listed in the Shipman Report. Some have placed the number as high as a scarcely believable 357. It is notable that deaths attributed to Shipman increase in number with time. This could either indicate that he was killing more frequently, or that more records exist for later deaths, allowing them to be attributed with greater certainty than past deaths where he was attending physician.

  • 14th January 1946
    Born in Nottingham
  • 21st June 1963
    Shipman's mother dies
    Shipman's mother dies of cancer at home. Shipman watches her pain subside as a doctor administers morphine
  • 1970
    Graduates from Leeds University of Medicine
  • 1974
    First position as GP
    Takes up work at the Abraham Ormerod Medical Centre in Todmorden
  • 1975
    Fined for forging prescriptions
    Shipman is fined 600 for forging prescriptions for pethidine, which he claims is for his own use
  • 17th March 1975
    Eva Lyons, aged 70
    Keswick Close, Todmorden
  • 1977
    Returns to GP work
    Takes up a position at the Donnybrook Medical Centre in Hyde, Manchester
  • 7th August 1978
    Sarah Hannah Marsland, 86
    Ashton House, Victoria Street, Hyde
  • 30th August 1978
    Kills Mary Ellen Jordan, 73
    Godley Hill Road, Hyde
  • 7th December 1978
    Kills Harold Bramwell, 73
    Bryce Street, Hyde
  • 20th December 1978
    Kills Annie Campbell, 88
    Rydal Avenue, Hyde.
  • 10th August 1979
    Kills Alice Maude Gorton, 76
    Leigh Fold, Newton, Hyde.
  • 28th November 1979
    Kills Jack Leslie Shelmerdine, 77
  • 18th April 1981
    Kills May Slater, 84
    Hough Lane, Hyde
  • 26th August 1981
    Kills Elizabeth Ashworth, 81
    Peel Street, Hyde
  • 1983
    Interviewed by Panorama
    Shipman is interviewed on the flagship BBC show Panorama, discussing the treatment of the mentally ill in the community
  • 4th January 1983
    Kills Percy Ward, 90
    Hollins Avenue, Hyde
  • 28th June 1983
    Kills Moira Ashton Fox, 77
    Chartist House, Mount Street, Hyde.
  • 7th January 1984
    Kills Dorothy Tucker, 51
    Armadale Road, Dukinfield.
  • 8th February 1984
    Kills Gladys Roberts, 78
    Shaw Hall Avenue, Hyde
  • 15th April 1984
    Kills Joseph Bardsley, 83
    Hough Lane, Newton, Hyde
  • 15th April 1984
    Kills Winifred Arrowsmith, 70
    Chartist House, Hyde
  • 21st September 1984
    Kills Mary Winterbottom, 76
    Grange Road South, Hyde.
  • 27th November 1984
    Kills Ada Ashworth, 87
    Spring Avenue, Hyde
  • 17th December 1984
    Kills Joseph Vincent Everall, 80
    Commercial Street, Hyde
  • 17th December 1984
    Kills Edith Wibberley, 76
    Cheetham Fold Road, Hyde
  • 24th December 1984
    Kills Eileen Theresa Cox, 72
    Hunters Court, Dukinfield.
  • 2nd January 1985
    Kills Peter Lewis, 41
    Briardene, Denton.
  • 1st February 1985
    Kills May Brookes, 74
    Cross Street, Hyde.
  • 4th February 1985
    Kills Ellen Higson, 84
    Marler Road, Hyde.
  • 15th February 1985
    Kills Margaret Ann Conway, 69
    Mary Street, Dukinfield.
  • 22nd February 1985
    Kills Kathleen McDonald, 73
    Carter Place, Hyde.
  • 26th June 1985
    Kills Thomas Moult, 70
    Thorpe Hall Grove, Hyde
  • 26th June 1985
    Kills Mildred Robinson, 84
    Mona Street, Hyde.
  • 17th August 1985
    Kills Selina Mackenzie, 77
    Perrin Street, Hyde
  • 23rd August 1985
    Kills Frances Elizabeth Turner, 85
    Peveril Terrace, Hyde.
  • 29th December 1985
    Kills Vera Bramwell, 79
    Rufford Avenue, Hyde
  • 31st December 1985
    Kills Fred Kellett, 79
    Knott Lane, Gee Cross, Hyde
  • 7th January 1986
    Deborah Middleton, 81
    4 Manor Road, Hyde
  • 23rd April 1986
    Kills Dorothy Fletcher, 74
    Charnley House, Albert Road, Hyde.
  • 6th June 1986
    Kills Thomas Fowden, 81
    Mona Street, Hyde
  • 15th September 1986
    Kills Mona Ashton White, 63
    Thorpe Hall Grove, Newton, Hyde.
  • 7th October 1986
    Kills Mary Tomlin, 73
    Thorpe Hall Grove, Hyde.
  • 17th November 1986
    Kills Beatrice Toft, 59
    Marler Road, Hyde
  • 16th December 1986
    Kills Lily Broadbent, 75
    Welbeck Road, Hyde.
  • 23rd December 1986
    Kills James Wood, 82
    Rydal Avenue, Hyde
  • 30th March 1987
    Kills Frank Halliday, 76
    Saxon Avenue, Dukinfield
  • 1st April 1987
    Kills Albert Cheetham, 85
    Brooks Avenue, Hyde.
  • 16th April 1987
    Kills Alice Thomas, 83
    Sidley Place, Hyde
  • 8th May 1987
    Kills Jane Frances Rostron, 78
    Hamel Street, Hyde
  • 14th September 1987
    Kills Nancy Anne Brassington, 71
    Laburnum Avenue, Hyde.
  • 11th December 1987
    Kills Margaret Townsend, 80
    Busheyfield Close, Newton, Hyde.
  • 29th December 1987
    Kills Nellie Bardsley, 69
    Rufford Avenue, Hyde
  • 30th December 1987
    Kills Elizabeth Ann Rogers, 74
    Chartist House, Mount Street, Hyde.
  • 5th January 1988
    Kills Elizabeth Fletcher, 90
    St John's Drive, Godley, Hyde
  • 15th January 1988
    Kills Alice Mary Jones, 83
    Garden Street, Hyde
  • 9th February 1988
    Kills Dorothea Hill Renwick, 90
    Dowson Road, Gee Cross, Hyde.
  • 15th February 1988
    Kills Ann Cooper, 93
    Old Road, Hyde.
  • 15th February 1988
    Kills Jane Jones, 83
    Leigh Fold, Hyde
  • 16th February 1988
    Kills Lavinia Robinson, 84
    Chartist House, Mount Street, Hyde
  • March 1988
    Shipman comes under suspicion
    Another doctor in the area asks the local coroner to look at the high death rate among Shipman's patients
  • 18th September 1988
    Kills Rose Ann Adshead, 80
    Lawton Street, Hyde
  • 20th October 1988
    Kills Alice Prestwich, 69
    Ogden Court, Frank Street, Hyde.
  • 6th November 1988
    Kills Walter Tingle, 85
    Walker Close, Hyde
  • 17th December 1988
    Kills Harry Stafford, 87
    Rock Street, Gee Cross, Hyde
  • 19th December 1988
    Kills Ethel Bennett, 80
    Cunliffe Street, Hyde.
  • 31st January 1989
    Kills Wilfred Chappell, 80
    Newton Hall Road, Hyde
  • 31st January 1989
    Kills Mary Emma Hamer, 81
    Grange Road South, Hyde
  • 12th May 1989
    Kills Beatrice Helen Clee, 78
    King Edward Road, Gee Cross, Hyde.
  • 5th June 1989
    Kills Josephine Hall, 69
    Garden Street, Newton, Hyde
  • 6th July 1989
    Kills Hilda Fitton, 75
    Burkitt Street, Hyde.
  • 14th August 1989
    Kills Marion Carradice, 80
    Kensington Street, Hyde
  • 22nd September 1989
    Kills Elsie Harrop, 82
    Frank Street, Hyde.
  • 26th September 1989
    Kills Elizabeth Mary Burke, 82
    Carter Place, Hyde
  • 15th October 1989
    Kills Sarah Jane Williamson, 82
    Thorsby Avenue, Hyde.
  • 16th October 1989
    Kills John Charlton, 81
    Ogden Court, Frank Street, Hyde.
  • 18th October 1989
    Kills George Edgar Vizor, 67
    Thorpe Hall Grove, Hyde
  • 6th November 1989
    Kills Joseph Frank Wilcockson, 85
    Dow Street, Hyde.
  • 6th November 1989
    Kills Joseph Frank Wilcockson, 85
    Dow Street, Hyde.
  • 18th September 1990
    Kills Dorothy Rowarth, 56
    Farm Lane, Hyde
  • 30th December 1990
    Kills Mary Rose Dudley, 69
    The Woodlands, Werneth Road, Hyde.
  • 7th October 1992
    Kills Rene Sparkes, 72
    Rock Gardens, Gee Cross, Hyde.
  • 1993
    Founds his own surgery at 21 Market Street in Hyde
  • 24th February 1993
    Kills Hilda Mary Couzens, 92
    Knott Lane, Hyde.
  • 24th February 1993
    Kills Olive Heginbotham, 86
    Fawley Avenue, Hyde
  • 22nd March 1993
    Kills Amy Whitehead, 82
    Haughton Green Road, Denton.
  • 8th April 1993
    Kills Mary Emma Andrew, 8
    Mona Street, Hyde
  • 17th April 1993
    Kills Sarah Ashworth, 74
    Bowlacre Road, Hyde
  • 27th April 1993
    Kills Marjorie Parker, 74
    Werneth Avenue, Gee Cross, Hyde.
  • 2nd May 1993
    Kills Nellie Mullen, 77
    Lanegate, Hyde
  • 4th May 1993
    Kills Edna May Llewellyn, 68
    Masfield Road, Hyde
  • 13th May 1993
    Kills Violet May Bird, 60
  • 7th September 1998
    Shipman arrested on suspicion of murder
  • 31st January 2000
    Shipman convicted of 15 counts of murder
    After 6 days of deliberation, Shipman is convicted and sentenced to 15 life terms. The judge recommends that he never be released.
  • 11th February 2000
    Struck off by the General Medical Council
    The GMC erase Shipman's name from the register of medical practitioners.
  • 13th January 2004
    Shipman hangs himself in Wakefield Prison

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