Twisted Harold Shipman plotted own jail death so wife got bumper pension payout

Harold Shipman was jailed for murdering 15 people but his total tally is believe to reach a sickening 250 victims.

Over a sickening 25 year career as a GP, the doctor killed typically elderly women with lethal doses of diamorphine and then tampered with their medical records to dodge suspicion.

Shipman's chilling crimes finally saw him jailed in 2000 but after just four years at HMP Wakefield, he became his latest and final victim on January 13.

On the day before his 58th birthday, the Nottingham born medic hanged himself inside his cell.

Shockingly it was revealed in 2016 that the monster had plotted his own death so his wife could pocket his cool £100,000 pension payout.

According to prison records unearthed by the Sun on Sunday, Shipman planned to die before his 60th birthday so his wife Primrose could receive the maximum lump sum and a further £10,000 a year from his GP pension.

Despite learning of her husband's atrocities, Primrose stuck by his side and visited him behind bars in West Yorkshire every week.

Had Shipman lived to 60-years-old, Primrose would have only been entitled to £5,000 a year.

The secret files detailing the murderer's plans were meant to be hidden until 2069 but a copy was found in the public records office at the National Archive in Kew, west London.

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One document said: "Mr Shipman has stated he plans to kill himself in five years as this is the amount of time it takes for his pension to be secured for his wife."

He may have died by suicide but the same document states 57-year-old Shipman thought about provoking a fellow prisoner into killing him, the Independent reported.

"He has further commented that he will incite a lifer to attack him at this point with a view to being killed," the file continued.

"Since his conviction it is indicated that Mr Shipman has received medication for (blank) and voiced suicidal thoughts prior to sentence.

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"Following sentence it is reported that Mr Shipman again voiced suicidal intentions, stating that after he secured his pension for his wife he would end his life.

"It is indicated that his wife was in agreement that it was preferable to spending the rest of his life in prison."

Shipman was found hanging in his cell at 6.20am and, despite the efforts of staff who immediately attempted resuscitation, he was pronounced dead by a doctor at 8.10am

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