New Parcast Original: Medical Murders
Hi Everyone, it's molly. In case you haven't heard podcast has a brand new series. Sure to become your next favorite. It's called medical murders and it exposes a dark and disturbing diagnosis that not every doctor wants to extend your life. Every Wednesday host Alistair Morton introduces you to the worst the medical community has to offer. Men and women who took an oath to save lives, but instead used their expertise to develop more sinister specialties. With expert analysis provided by practicing md Dr David Kipper Medical Murders examines the formative years and motives of history's most infamous killer doctors. And now here's your chance to enjoy an exclusive clip from our first episode on Harold Shipman. He was a fulltime doctor and part-time serial killer who injected over two hundred patients with lethal doses of painkillers. To finish the episode, follow medical mortars free on spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Listener discretion is advised this episode features discussions of murder medical malpractice, mental health conditions, addiction, and prescription drug abuse that may be upsetting. We advise extreme caution listeners under thirteen. Out of certain point in life we accept death is inevitable. We even come to expect it in certain cases. When we lose someone elderly or very sick we grieve but we aren't surprised. We've prepared for the pain anticipates at the event. When a grandmother dies of old age no one questions it. When her aging friend down the road dies from cancer, it's not a shock. And when over two hundred elderly citizens of Hyde. England died within a twenty year span. No imagined that they were the victims of the UK's most prolific serial killer. This is medical murders a podcast original. For decades, thousands of medical students have taken the hippocratic oath, it boils down to do no harm. But a closer look reveals a phrase much more interesting. I must not play at God. However some doctors break that oath choosing to play God with their patients, deciding who lives and who dies. Each week on medical murders investigate those who decided to kill. We will explore the specifics of how they. Are Not just on their patients, but within their own minds examining the psychology and neurology behind heartless medical killers. I'm standard and and I'm joined by Dr David Kipah. Hi everyone it's a pleasure to be here to assist allaster priced riding medical information and insight into the killer's modus operandi. I've been in practice for over three decades specializing an internal and addiction medicine and I'm really thrilled to be part of this program because I'm a huge fan of crime stories and for me as a doctor solving a murder is much like sobbing difficult diagnosis you can find episodes of medical murders and all other podcast originals for free on spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts to stream medical mattis for free on spotify, just open the APP and type medical murders in the such Pau. This is our first episode on Doctor Harold Frederick. Shipment otherwise known as Fred the UK's most prolific serial killer. Between nineteen seventy, four and nineteen ninety-eight Shipman killed at least two hundred and eighteen people. Every one of them was a patient who had entrusted the doctor with their care. Each victim's family believed they died of natural causes. Until the truth was revealed. Today we'll look at shipments, disturbing modus operandi, his early murders and likely motivations. Next time, we'll examine how shipman escalated his crimes within his private practice and how the subsequent inquiry into Dr Death Forever. Changed the British Medical Field Kathleen Grundy was late. Still. It was only a few minutes into her scheduled eleven am volunteer shift her friend John. Green figured she was mainly distracted. But after forty five minutes green and his friend, Ron Pickford grew concerned. It wasn't like Kathleen to be late. Though she was eighty-one she stayed active volunteering five days a week. Still she was eighty one. So Green and Pickford went to check on their friend around noon on June twenty-fourth. Nineteen ninety. Eight. They found her back door unlocked. It wasn't uncommon for hides elderly citizens to leave their doors open, but it's still gave green pause. He shouted hello with no response. Further inside he found Kathleen lying peacefully on the set t fully dressed as if she'd fallen asleep with his shoes on. He. Tried to wake her. But has skin was gray. And Her Was Cold. Green Colden Pickford who called Kathleen Dr Fred Shipman. Twenty minutes later, Dr Shipment arrived checked Kathleen for a pulse and promptly declared she died of a heart attack. Green us about Kathleen doctor's appointment that morning. Had she been sick? Shipman replied that he'd stopped by only for a talk. Later that day Kathleen Stewart Angela called shipment inquire about her mother. Shipman told her what he told Green and Pickford that mother had died of cardiac arrest. In fact, she'd complained of chest pains at her appointment that morning. However when he filed the death certificate with the coroner. Dr Shipman wrote the Kathleen Grundy had died of old age not a heart attack. All Age means that you have lived to a point where some of your illnesses and some of the chronic things that have gone on with you starting to catch up with you. So we don't really think about aging until we start feeling the effects of these chronic illnesses. Old Age is sort of a nondescript answer and can be very misleading to the coroner families rarely review a death certificate, but the corner is very careful about what's written. These are legal documents and actually have life insurance implications and also reflect exactly in case people do have to go back for family reasons to know what their genetic history is. They'd like to be able to refer back to these death certificates to see if they're in trouble for anything that may be in their in their genetics. Kathleen daughter Angela did question the death certificate she was a solicitor and to her it was cleared. The listed cause of death did not line up with the facts. When Angela Approach Dr Shipman? He claims the FIB was a favor to save for the stress of a postmortem exam and identification he was helping her. Angela knew her mum love Dr Shipman and that his private practice was extremely popular with the citizens of hide. so she trusted him. Until things grew more suspicious. Law Firm reached out to Angela saying they had her mother's will. But that couldn't be possible. Angela already had her mother's will. Even stranger this second will left nothing to Angela and requested Kathleen be cremated despite the fact that she'd expressly told Angela, to bury her. Not to mention, the will was typed in all caps with words missing letters. The low fund set that points of contact was John Smith, which Angela guest was a fake name. This will was a forgery and a lazy. One. She wouldn't stand for it. Angela began an investigation starting with the law firm and then the police. Before Long Kathleen Grundy's body was exhumed and an autopsy revealed that she hadn't died of a heart attack or old age. She'd been murdered injected with a lethal dose of morphine. The evidence pointed straight to the wills beneficiary and perhaps the last person to see. Kathleen Grundy alive. Dr. Fred Shipman. Angela didn't know it but her mother wasn't shipments first victim. She was at the very least his hundred eighteenth. His murders spans twenty three years with his first confirmed kill back in one, thousand, nine, hundred, seventy, five. But his crime story began twelve years before that in nineteen, sixty three. The first time Fred Shipman saw a sick woman dying. When he was a teenager shipments mother Vera was diagnosed with lung cancer. This news was made more. By reports that Fred was his mother's favourite. According to some accounts she spoiled him rotten always telling him. He was better than the other boys. Though. They were working class she pushed him to apply for a scholarship to an elite private school. Shipments soon learns that perception was everything. He lorded his tie in uniform over his family and the neighborhood kids displaying an early sense of arrogance on and off the playground. But. He had no more time for that in nineteen sixty three. After his mother's diagnosis. He'd raced home from school to Comfort Vera as she waned away from cancer. At the time it was routine for doctors to make house calls to check on patients and administer drugs like morphine. Sometimes doctors dropped by unannounced just to say hello or have a cup of tea. Fred Shipman got to know his mother's doctor and his work. Well. Fred recalled watching his mother struggled for breath then grow calm and peaceful as the doctor injected morphine into her veins. More frameworks in the brain by slowing down those refl X.'s in the brain to control breathing and heart rate. So as morphine comes into the brain though centers that normally regulate these functions starts a slowdown more interesting Alastair doctors prescribe morphine, not just for pain management, but we also use this at the end of so much life in order to give them a very peaceful and comics. Vera passed away in one, thousand, nine, hundred, sixty, three it seems shipment dedicated much of his life to reliving his last year with her. To that point by the age of seventeen, he had decided to become a doctor. And in nineteen seventy, he graduated from Leeds University Medical School. Later. That year twenty-four-year-old Shipman began working as a pre registration house officer at pontefract General Infirmary. In retrospect shipments killing correa may have started alongside his medical one. So some people attempt to process their traumas by reliving that trauma. This is not uncommon in his use constantly and therapeutic sessions, and this is called exposure therapy. Exposure therapy however in someone that has murdering people is probably not such a good therapy. The trouble with investigating Dr Shipman is that every one of his murders was initially documented as a natural death meaning that the hard evidence was lost to time and the truth buried with the victims. Not much is known about his training, but the accounts we do have a concerning. One nurse Sandra Whitehead recalled that the infirmaries women's ward once. So three deaths in a single day that Shipman worked. And she often found empty injection packs left in deceased patients rooms. She presumes they will use to administer intravenous drugs like morphine. If any of these deaths were murders they lined up with Shipman's later AMMO. And it wasn't just Sandra. The infirmaries records show a higher than usual death rates during shipments training period. Perhaps because we're conditioned to trust on doctors, no one suspected Shipman of anything at the time. Nurse Sandra Whitehead only came forward decades later office she heard about the government investigation into Shipman it's also possible. Some of these debts weren't premeditated murders but accidental overdoses. Shipman may have hoped to relieve a patient's pain remembering the miraculous relief morphing gave his suffering Martha and done it. If. So this periods may have contained shipments, seconds, moments revelation. Morphine had the power to take away pain. But it also had the power to kill without consequence. Don't forget if you'd like to finish this episode and hear more follow medical murders free on spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.