Dr. Harold Frederick Shipman
During the last quarter of the Twentieth century, Dr. Harold Shipman killed his patients and got away with it. In the process, he became the most prolific serial killer not just in Great Britain but in the Western World. It eventually became known that he had murdered 215 patients and that he was probably responsible for killing another 69, bringing his ghastly total to 284 victims. He may have actually murdered many more.
by Mark Pulham
It could have been a scene from a horror movie. Men were standing in the shadows, gathered around an open grave as a heavy rain lashed down. Some light showed what they were doing. Night staff at a local nursing home watched as a coffin was raised from the black hole in the ground and taken away.
The exhumation was the first ever carried out by Greater Manchester Police, though it would not be the last.
Kathleen Grundy was 81-years-old when she had died five weeks earlier, on June 24, 1998. Though in general a woman of that age suddenly dying would not be considered unusual, for the people of Hyde it was quite a shock.
Kathleen was a fit and active woman who worked two and a half days a week at an Age Concern shop, handling their banking, and on three days of the week, she volunteered at Werneth House, a social center for pensioners, where she helped with the lunches.
For this former Lady Mayor of Hyde to have suddenly died was unthinkable.