The Shipman Files on BBC Two tells the cautionary tale of Harold Shipman but just how did Harold Shipman kill his victims?
It seems to be true crime season on UK TV at the moment.
After ITV brought the chilling Of and Appropriate Adult to our screens over the past few weeks, it’s now the BBC’s turn to send a shiver down our spines with The Shipman Files.
As its title suggests, The Shipman Files tells the sinister story of how a doctor, who had the trust of his patients, killed approximately 250 people.
Shipman’s case has long been studied since his deed came to light but just how did the Harold Shipman kill his victims and how was the so-called ‘Angel of Death’ able to kill so many people?
The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story on BBC Two
The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story arrived on BBC Two and iPlayer on September 28th, 2020.
The three-episode documentary series, shown over three nights, details the sinister deeds of Dr Harold Shipman and the terrible consequences his actions had on his patients and their families.
How did Harold Shipman kill his victims?
- Harold Shipman gave his patients lethal injections of diamorphine.
Despite his estimated number of victims totalling over 200 people according to BBC News, Harold Shipman was found guilty of murdering 15 women between 1995 and 1998.
Shipman’s victims had all been given lethal doses of diamorphine, which is another name given to heroin.
Diamorphine is an opioid and is often used as a painkiller but if used in large enough doses, as Shipman proved multiple times, can be fatal.
How did Harold Shipman himself die?
While Harold Shipman’s victims died from lethal doses of diamorphine, the disgraced doctor ended up taking his own life.
On January 13th, 2004, on the eve of his 58th birthday, Shipman was found dead in his cell at Wakefield Prison after hanging himself.
A BBC News article from 2004 states that a number of family members of Shipman’s victims felt cheated as he had not served his full sentence.
The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story continues daily on BBC Two until the three-episode series ends on September 30th while the full series is available to stream now on BBC iPlayer.