June 21, 2001 |
A public inquiry into a British family doctor suspected of being the world's worst serial killer heard on its opening day Wednesday that he had a history of drug abuse but had still been allowed to practice medicine. Caroline Swift, head of the inquiry's legal team, told the hearing that Harold Shipman, dubbed "Dr. Death," was convicted in 1975 of forging prescriptions to feed his reliance on the painkiller pethidine but that authorities had ignored it.
January 4, 1995 |
Frederick West, the suspected serial killer at the center of Britain's "House of Horrors" case, hanged himself, a police autopsy confirmed. West, 53, accused of murdering 12 women and girls, was found dead in his prison cell Sunday. His widow, Rosemary West, 41, is charged in nine of the deaths. British newspapers reported Frederick West's death under such headlines as "Death of a Monster."
March 6, 1994 |
British police, pulling apart a house where up to five bodies have already been found, fear they may unearth 12 victims of a suspected serial killer, the Sunday Mirror newspaper reported. Police believed they found remains of two people Saturday at the home of a man already charged with three murders and said there was a "distinct possibility" of further finds.
March 10, 1994 |
Police in Gloucester found a ninth body entombed in Britain's "House of Horror" and extended their grisly, two-week murder search to a country field. So many bodies have been exhumed that the three-story home was in danger of collapse and workmen were called in to pump the cellar full of concrete. Police have charged the owner with three murders.
February 1, 2000 |
Jurors convicted a family doctor on Monday of murdering 15 female patients by injecting the middle-aged and elderly women with lethal doses of heroin. Harold Shipman, 54, who now ranks among Britain's most prolific modern-day serial killers, was given 15 life sentences, the maximum punishment in Britain, which has no death penalty. Investigators said he may have killed dozens more patients.
April 27, 1994 |
Britain's "House of Horror," where police have exhumed nine female bodies, is being put up for sale, lawyers for accused serial killer Frederick West and his wife, Rosemary, said Tuesday. West, a 52-year-old builder, has been charged with the murder of nine young women whose remains were dug up by police from the yard, cellar and a bathroom wall at the house in a police operation that began in February.