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