The son of one of Harold Shipman’s victims has described him as a “good doctor” and feels the killing of his father was an act of euthanasia.
Jack Shelmerdine said following the death of his father, also called Jack, his family believed his death was due to patient care at the hospital where he stayed, rather than the hands of his GP. He added that he stills maintains the “twisted logic” that Shipman killed his father through euthanasia, rather than think of it as murder.
Shelmerdine made the remarks in a two-part Channel 5 documentary marking 10 years since Shipman’s suicide.
The GP was sentenced to life in 2000 for killing 15 patients in Manchester and was later found to have killed an estimated 250 people over a 23-year period, making him one of the most prolific serial killers of all time.
He was found hanged in his cell at Wakefield Prison in West Yorkshire on 13 January 2004.
In the first programme, Harold Shipman: Driven To Kill, a former colleague from his early years also described Shipman as a “brilliant doctor” who the patients “couldn’t ever say a bad thing about”.
Margaret Sivorn, who worked with Shipman at Pontefract General Infirmary, added: ”They felt calm and comfortable with him and knew that he was looking after them properly. He was always professional, always, and you always felt at ease with him.
“He’d have a smile with them, a little joke with them, but professional to his fingertips.”