Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Shipman prison letters to go under the hammer

A collection of letters written by the serial killer Harold Shipman are to be sold at auction.

The 65 letters, which span a period from Shipman's arrest in September 1998 until a month before his suicide in 2004, give an insight into the thoughts of the doctor from Hyde, Greater Manchester, who is believed to have killed up to 250 of his patients.

They include frequent denials of guilt and descriptions of his life in prison. He insists throughout that he is innocent and in the weeks before his death claims he had found a witness who might help in an appeal against his conviction.

The correspondence was discovered by chance during a house clearance in 2006. They were written to David and Mavis Stott, friends and patients of Shipman.

Nick Hall, of Frank Marshall and Co auctioneers, which will sell the letters in November, claimed they offered a “fascinating” glimpse into his psyche.

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