ShipmanBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7355.109 (Published 13 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:109
- Trevor Jackson (email@example.com)
ITV1, 9 July at 9 pm
It's a brave screenwriter who attempts to create a drama out of something as recent and horrific as the Shipman killings. The grief is too raw, the pain too acute. Such a screenwriter runs the risk of being accused of much more than just poor taste. Barely has the earth been allowed to settle over the last of the exhumed graves, the charge may go, before along comes some television crew, digging up fresh agony for the people of Hyde in Greater Manchester, the epicentre of Dr Fred's killing fields.
How did he get away with it for so long? Why didn't somebody raise the alarm earlier? What was it actually like to be treated by someone like Harold Fred Shipman, one of the most notorious mass murderers of modern times, and perhaps the most inscrutable? How did he speak and behave towards his victims in the …