Did Dr Harold Shipmans unnoticed murder spree begin with a ‘consented’ euthanasia of a patient suffering from terminal cancer?
Euthanasia (from Greek: εὐθανασία; “good death”: εὖ, eu; “well” or “good” + θάνατος, thanatos; “death”) is the practice of intentionally ending a life to relieve pain and suffering. Different countries have different euthanasia laws. — Wikipedia.
This thought occurred to me while watching a three part documentary on BBC — The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story.
Dr Harold Shipman , who was also referred to as Dr. Death and The Angel of Death was convicted of murdering 15 of his patients on 31st January 2000, however the actually figure is thought to be approx 250. Mostly women over the age of 40.
During Episode 2 of The Shipman Files: A Very British Murder,and approx 25 minutes into the episode, one of the possible victims granddaughters discusses her grandmothers death.
The lady states that her grandmother had cancer and only had days left to live. With this fact, I would imagine that her grandmother may have been in quite a bit of pain.
This was when Dr. Harold Shipman worked in a small market town in England named Tordmorden. He worked here for approximately 18 months before he had a surgery in Hyde, Manchester, where most of his murders are understood to have taken place.
Going back to the grandmother who is believed to be one of Harold Shipmans victims, something doesn’t quite add up about what her granddaughter is telling us.
Dr Shipman arrived at the house around 11pm at night. The grandmother was asleep. He had injected her in her hand with something to’ease the pain’ and then both Dr Shipman and the grandfather had gone into the kitchen to make a coffee. When Dr. Shipman returned minutes later to check on the grandmother, she was dead.
After thinking about this for a while, it occurred to me that maybe this was possible a pre-planned way of putting the grandmother out of her pain.
Even with consent, euthanasia is illegal in England. But it may have what happened in this particular case. None of us will ever know for sure, but this may have been what gave Dr Shipman a thirst for murder.
We have a Dr. with access to diamorphine — pharmaceutical heroin, and a lady who is suffering with cancer. Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors, but this is a theory I have in regards to Dr. Harold Shipman.
At the time of writing this I knew next to nothing about the Harold Shipman case other than knowing he was one of Britain's worst serial killers, and the information I had learned from watching the documentary: The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story.
I don’t even know if this is a theory that has been suggested before. But it was something that I picked up on straight away.
Were Harold Shipmans murders illegal ‘behind closed doors consented euthanasia’ for some of his victims that may have been suffering which turned into something a lot more sinister?