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Shipman leaves his wife 24,000
Harold Shipman
Shipman was jailed in 2000 for murdering 15 patients
Mass murderer Dr Harold Shipman has left all of his money - 24,000 - to his wife in a will.

Britain's worst serial killer was found hanging from window bars in his cell at Wakefield Prison last January.

The 57-year-old's widow Primrose is to inherit money which would have been divided between his four children had she not survived her husband.

The killer GP was caught after he tried to forge a patient's 386,000 will in his favour shortly before she died.

In his will, dated 23 April 1979, the GP said he wanted to be cremated.

It had been written when he lived in Roe Cross Green, Mottram, in Hyde, Greater Manchester, and was witnessed by two officials from the Midland Bank.

But in the official document Shipman gave his address as 5 Love Lane, Wakefield - the address of the prison.

The will was formally issued by the High Court in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Tuesday.


His widow, Primrose, was listed as living in Walshford, West Yorkshire.

At the time the will was written, Shipman had two children - Sarah, then 11, and Christopher, then seven.

The Shipmans had been married for 37 years and later had two sons - David, now 24, and Sam, now 21.

Just after Harold shipman's death it was revealed that Primrose Shipman will receive a pension and lump sum from the Department of Health.

He had been stripped of his NHS pension and would not have received anything had he lived into retirement age.

Suicide disclosure

Dr Shipman had reportedly told his probation officer he was considering suicide so his widow could receive the generous pension and lump sum he had lost.

The former Hyde GP, who had also worked as a doctor in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, murdered and killed between 230 and 275 people over a 23-year period.

He was arrested after trying to forge an 81-year-old patient's will - tests showed that the new will had been written on his typewriter.

When that patient's body was exhumed it was found to contain a lethal level of the painkiller diamorphine.

A public inquiry into how the GP was able to escape detection for so long will publish its final report in the summer.


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