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Breakfast Friday, 19 July, 2002, 04:51 GMT 05:51 UK
Shipman Inquiry
Harold Shipman
Shipman could be one of the world's worst killers
The Shipman inquiry is expected to say that the family doctor murdered more than two hundered of his patients.

This would make him Britain's worst serial killer.The findings of the first stage of the inquiry into murderer Harold Shipman will be published today


Breakfast spoke to the daughters of one of Shipman's victims, Margaret Waldron.

"Mum had been to see Dr Shipman on Wednesday. She was a perfectly healthy, fine 65 year old with everything to live for.

"On the Friday, she was dead.

"Shipman told us it was a heart attack, " Margaret's daugher Jude Lang told us.

"His attitude was terrible. He was very aloof, very off.

"He'd worked with mum but never mentioned her by name. He was in and out of the door within minutes.

"He was my family doctor. I couldn't believe that he would do something like that: we trusted him.

"There was no heart condition, we just knew."


consultant psychologist Dr Simon Meyerson
Meyerson: Shipman knew what he was doing
Consultant psychologist Simon Meyerson told Breakfast he was convinced that Shipman knew what he'd done.

"He's not a Jekyll and Hyde with two separate personalities.

"I think he can switch off his conscience, but not his awareness of what's happened," he said.


Inquiry

Although the outcome of the inquiry won't be made public until later today, the relatives of Shipman's victims have been told about its outcome but sworn to secrecy.
Dame Janet Smith
The first stage of the inquiry has taken a year

It's thought that Shipman's catalogue of killing may stretch back more than twenty years

Today's report will be followed by a second phase of the inquiry which will examine the initial police investigation.

It's unlikely that Shipman will face more murder charges since it would be almost impossible to find a jury that doesn't know the history of the case

And there will be more on this story from 6 o'clock (BST) on Breakfast on BBC1

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