British ‘respectable’ criminals

This video is about Harold Shipman “Dr. Death” – Britain’s Most Notorious Serial Killer; Documentary.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

Respectable criminals

Thursday 16th January 2014

PETER FROST investigates three cases where criminals used their position in society to evade the law

Dr Death

TEN years ago this month Dr Harold Shipman took his own life. He was almost certainly Britain’s most prolific civilian mass murderer.

He got away with his crimes for so long because of the respectable place he held in society.

At his trial he was found guilty of just 15 murders. Yet according to the public inquiry into his crimes, the former family doctor killed at least 215 of his patients over 23 years.

His first victim may well have been Eva Lyons, who was killed in March 1975 on the eve of her 71st birthday.

In February 1976, the young Shipman was convicted of obtaining the drug pethidine by forgery and deception. He was addicted to the drug.

After receiving treatment in York, he became a GP in Hyde, Greater Manchester, where he continued his killing spree.

His favoured method of murder was an injection of diamorphine — pharmaceutical heroin. Most of his victims were elderly women.

When Shipman was sacked for forging prescriptions, he received a fine and a warning letter, but was not struck off by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Any medical authority or indeed patients who asked about Shipman would not have been told about his conviction. Shipman, as a doctor, had become a pillar of society.

By 1998 the local undertaker became suspicious of the large number of Shipman’s patients who were dying, and the fact that they had all expressed a wish to be cremated.

Undertaker Deborah Bambroffe went to the police who warned her not to make serious accusations about such a respectable member of the community as Dr Shipman. The police decided that the case required no further action.

His last victim was Kathleen Grundy. Grundy’s daughter discovered her mother had left Shipman £386,000 in her will. Shipman had actually forged the document.

Grundy’s body was exhumed and morphine was found. Shipman was arrested.

The bodies of another 11 victims were exhumed over the next two months.

Meanwhile police checked Shipman’s computer and found false causes of death on death certificates.

An official inquiry concluded that Shipman killed at least 215 patients. It also found that his last three victims could have been saved if the police had investigated properly.

A further report criticised the General Medical Council for failing in its primary task of looking after patients because it was too involved in protecting doctors.

We will never know exactly how many murders Shipman actually committed.

We do know he got away with it for so long because as a supposedly respectable pillar of the community, the local doctor, he was above suspicion.

This video from Britain is called Fred Dinenage Murder Casebook. Lord Lucan.

The blue-blooded murderer

This year also marks exactly 40 years after Lord Lucan got away with murder. With the help of the so-called cream of British society, he disappeared forever.

Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, is 80 this year if he is still alive and in hiding.

Like so many of his class he was at Eton and then joined the Coldstream Guards, as an officer of course. Lord Lucan developed a taste for gambling when it was still against the law in Britain.

He gambled at illegal London clubs run by various blue-blooded criminals including none other than the grandmother of our present Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

Lucan had other expensive tastes. He raced power boats and drove an Aston Martin.

When his marriage collapsed he lost a bitter legal custody battle. He refused to give up his God-given right as an aristocrat to bring up his children.

On the evening of November 7 1974 the Lucans’ children’s nanny, Sandra Rivett, was bludgeoned to death in the Lucan family home.

Lady Lucan was also attacked. She identified Lucan as her assailant.

He drove to a friend’s house in Uckfield, Sussex. Hours later, he left and was never seen again.

His car was later found abandoned. Its interior was stained with blood and in the boot was a piece of bandaged lead pipe.

A warrant for his arrest was issued and the inquest named him as her murderer.

His rich and aristocratic circle of friends helped his escape, doing all they could to hamper police enquiries. Lord Lucan, murderer and aristocrat, has never been found.

This music video from England says about itself:

The Dodgems – Lord Lucan Is Missing

Lord Lucan is Missing, one of the iconic tracks of the punk era, was released in 1978 by Brighton punk band The Dodgems. Part of the Vaultage 78 compilation, it was well received by those in the know, including John Peel who invited the band to record a session for his Radio 1 show. The session became one of Peel’s favourites and continued to be dusted down and given a spin every so often over the next 25 years.

Back to the Peter Frost article:

The lord who thought he was untouchable

Jeffrey Archer always believed he was untouchable. His friendship with Margaret Thatcher and John Major and his position as chairman of the Tory Party convinced him he was above the law.

Sadly it seems he may be right. Despite scandal after scandal he is still a lord and still is part of Establishment. After a lifetime of lies, scandal and perjury he still plays his part in running the country as a member of the House of Lords.

Archer came from a family of criminals. His father William was a bigamist, swindler and compulsive liar who was tried at the Old Bailey 87 years before his son.

Jeffery Archer followed in his father’s footsteps. After gaining just three O-levels at school Archer began lying in a big way.

He claimed degrees from the University of California and invented a bogus military career for his father.

As a PE teacher he managed to get into Oxford University to begin a diploma in education.

Even as a student Jeffrey Archer was under suspicion. He owned houses and cars with personalised number plates while working part-time as an Oxfam fundraiser.

As an MP in 1973, he settled out of court after he was accused of fiddling his expenses for United Nations charity work. Archer paid all costs and the allegations against him were never retracted.

Thatcher warned Archer to tidy up his disreputable personal life but he could not resist sex with prostitutes. He believed his lies or his respectable position would protect him.

When he was caught paying call girl Monica Coghlan he begged the editor of the News of the World not to publish. They did and he sued both that paper and the Daily Star.

Archer persuaded friends to help him prepare a completely fraudulent libel case. But it was all to come out and Archer was eventually tried and imprisoned for perjury.

Amazingly Archer has always bounced back — from fiddling expenses, near bankruptcy, claims of shoplifting in Toronto, and the allegations of insider dealing over the £80,000 profit made on Anglia TV shares when his wife was a company director.

I suppose that this is what happens when you are a respectable criminal and a lord of the realm.

This video from Britain says about itself:

Jeffrey ‘liar’ Archer

20th July 2001. Disgraced millionaire peer Jeffrey Archer is starting the first day of a four-year prison sentence on Friday after being found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice (In other words lying). Lord Archer was taken to the high-security Belmarsh prison in south east London on Thursday afternoon, where he is expected to stay until he is transferred to a low-security jail.

The Old Bailey jury found that Lord Archer had lied and cheated in his 1987 libel case against the Daily Star, which had printed a story claiming he had slept with a prostitute. Its editor Peter Hill said: “No one should have any sympathy for Jeffrey Archer. “He is a proven liar, a cheat and a chancer, a man so arrogant that he thought he was above the law. Now finally he has got what he deserved.” In October 2002, Archer repaid the Daily Star the £500,000 damages he had received in 1987, as well as legal costs and interest of £1.3 million.

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16 thoughts on “British ‘respectable’ criminals

  1. What this expose’ shows, is how authority becomes immune to critical analysis, giving authorities, the ability to evade detection, and increase their potential as criminals, aided also by police, the most alarming part of this expose’, is the submissive attitude of the common people, is to deny those who have a view other than the so called experts, not having a degree or status that they approve of.


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