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Families' anger over Shipman song
Jonathan King on YouTube
King was jailed for abusing boys
The families of the victims of Harold Shipman have reacted angrily to a song about the killer penned by convicted paedophile Jonathan King.

The video for "The True Story Of Harold Shipman" includes a montage of the serial murderer's victims.

King, 62, claims in the song that Shipman was a victim of the media.

Barry Swann, whose 79-year-old mother Bessie was killed by Shipman in Hyde, Greater Manchester, said the song was "sensationalist rubbish".

The video has been posted on video-sharing website YouTube.

King sings: "Police will inflate and the law says it's fine to accommodate tabloids with a solid headline/But a real psycho monster who's killing for fame would leave notes for acclaim to establish his name."

Harold Shipman
Harold Shipman may have killed up to 250 of his patients

The former DJ continues: "Some people will sigh when they're waiting to die/Won't you please speed it up as I'm starting to cry/There's one thing he ain't and that's saviour or saint/But a pleading complaint didn't pass him by."

King was released from prison two years ago after serving half of a seven-year term for abusing underage boys between 1983 and 1989.

He was found guilty at the Old Bailey in September 2001 of sex offences against five youngsters aged 14 and 15. He claimed he was a victim of his fame.

Mr Swann said: "We're talking about a convicted paedophile here. Who would want to buy this rubbish?

"I just can't comprehend his point of view. It's sensationalist rubbish and he's put this out because it's easy for him to do so in his position.

'Grossly offensive'

"He obviously feels he was unfairly dealt with but to compare himself with a mass murderer is ridiculous."

Councillor Joe Kitchen, whose mother was also killed by Shipman, said all the relatives think the song is "disgraceful".

James Purnell, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, also condemned the song as "grossly offensive".

In a statement, King said the song was "not really about Harold Shipman"

He said: "It's about the tendency of the media, the police and the CPS to inflate and exaggerate in order to get convictions and headlines and circulation and ratings increases."

Shipman committed suicide in prison in 2004, while serving life sentences for 15 murders. He is thought to have killed up to 250 patients.

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