What drove Harold Shipman to murder
over 200 of his elderly patients? Why did Beverly Allitt kill the babies in her
care? This book examines the formative influences and careers of British,
American and European doctors, nurses, dentists and paramedics.
Going beyond the usual
killers-on-the-ward compendiums, Davis examines surgeons who killed their wives,
dentists and doctors who murdered their children for profit and paper mask
doctors guilty of gross malpractice.
It features up to date information on
landmark cases and includes unique interviews with psychologists and journalists
with in-depth knowledge of the cases.
Paperback published January 2010 by Allison & Busby. ISBN 978-0749008840. Price £8.99
eBook published April 2011 by Allison & Busby. ASIN: B006WB2DME. Price £4.30
eBook published April 2011 by Allison & Busby. ISBN 9780749010072. Price £4.79
Doctors Who Kill Reviews:
This is the seventh book by Carol Anne Davis on true life killers, this time in a medical context. The book is divided
into eight Parts dealing with: doctors who kill in a domestic scenario, hospital nurses, cases which have received
immense publicity in the media, paramedics, bogus doctors, killings by doctors and others for sexual motives; a
study of the typologies of medical killers with an interview with a criminologist. British cases include Dr Harold
Shipman, nurse Beverley Allitt and necrophilia serial killer Reginald Christie but most are from the US with one from
Australia and one from Canada. The highest number of victims was claimed by Shipman, a judicial enquiry concluding
that he was responsible for at least 215 deaths although he was tried for only 15. In the US nurse Orville Lynn Majors
admitted to 139 murders although charged with only six. Most of these killers clearly suffered from personality
disorders, although few if any were legally insane. They often had abusive, deprived or dysfunctional upbringings. They
exhibit tendencies to extreme arrogance - Shipman, for instance, when in prison was so arrogant that he was
excluded from the prison quiz although during his trial he collapsed under the skilful cross-examination of prosecution
counsel. These accounts are a salutary reminder of the real life horror of murder - the ruthless self-centredness of the
killers and the destruction wrought by their actions.
Radmila May, Mystery Women
Like a surgeon's scalpel, Carol Anne Davis gets right under the skin of the sick, the tormented and the depraved
members of the medical profession who appear on the pages of her latest well-researched work, Doctors who Kill.
What is it that drives these men and women to kill those in their care? It is possible that it is the sheer feeling of
power which they possess, of life or death over their patients, and following the unfortunate person's demise, to exalt
or commiserate as the mood takes them. But in many cases it is an overwhelming arrogance, that because of the
position they hold, they can do as they like and that if the police ever have the impertinence to question their actions,
they, too can be treated with the contempt they deserve. Ms Davis expertly describes the late (and unlamented) Dr.
Harold Shipman as being a prime example of this type and also cleverly recounts how when police seized his
typewriter which Shipman used to forge the will of one of his 215 victims, Shipman was quick to tell them that the
victim had borrowed the typewriter. Unfortunately, her fingerprints were not found on the typewriter; Shipman's were.
The gruesome, disintegrating personality of Beverly Allitt, the nurse responsible for the murders of four children and
nine cases of inflicting grievous bodily harm, is suitably chilling as are the accounts of thirty-three other depraved
beings but whether the victims are killed for thrills, lust, resentment or financial gain, it begs the question, why are
these offences not detected sooner? In her interview with Katherine Ramsland, a criminologist, Carol Anne Davis
comes close to the answer.
To all criminologists, this is a must-read book.
Mr. R. D. M. Kirby "Richard Kirby"