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Case Study: Harold Shipman (aka Dr. Death)

Use the Internet to research Harold Shipman (aka Dr. Death), the English doctor who is estimated to have killed over 236 of his patients.

1. In a narrative format, discuss the key facts and critical issues presented in the case. Minimum word count is 500 words.

2. What was Shipman's murder weapon of choice and how did this weapon allow him to go undetected for so many years?

3. Based on your research, what did you determine to be Shipman's motive for the murders?

4. As lead prosecutor, determine what evidence or facts the police overlooked that could have ended this case sooner. Would those facts and evidence have been enough to convict Dr. Shipman?

Be sure to use in text citations and list all references in APA format.

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Dr. Harold Shipman became a GP at the Donneybrook Medical Center in Hyde near Manchester in 1977. He worked throughout 1980s and opened his own surgery at 21 Market Street in 1993. In 1974, it was found that Shipman was addicted to pethidine. Shipman was convicted of making out drug prescriptions to him and was fined heavily. He was fired from the Todmorden practice. However, he re-emerged as a GP in Hyde. His colleagues respected him. On September 7 1998, he was arrested and charged with the murder of Kathleen Grundy. Shipman was the last person to see her alive and had signed her death certificate which said that she had died of old age (a). Grundy's daughter became concerned because solicitor Brain Burgess informed her that Kathleen had made a will that excluded her and her children but left GBP 386,000 to Shipman. Grundy's daughter complained to the police. Kathleen's body was exhumed and was found to have traces of diamorphine that is used in terminal cancer patients (b). Shipman was found to own a typewriter that was used to make the ...

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This posting gives you a step-by-step explanation of the case of Dr Harold Shipman. The response also contains the sources used.

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