BRI­TAIN’S WORST SE­RIAL KILLERS

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THE Burke and Hare killings were se­rial mur­ders per­pe­trated in Ed­in­burgh from Novem­ber 1827 to Oc­to­ber, 1828.

The killings were at­trib­uted to Ir­ish im­mi­grants Wil­liam Burke and Wil­liam Hare, who sold the corpses of their 17 vic­tims to pro­vide ma­te­rial for dis­sec­tion. MARY ANN COT­TON 21 kills MARY Ann Cot­ton was Eng­land’s first recorded se­rial killer – con­victed of mur­der­ing her chil­dren and up to 21 peo­ple, mainly by ar­senic poi­son­ing.

Three hus­bands, a lover, a friend, her mother, and fif­teen chil­dren died from “stom­ach fevers”.

She was hanged in 1873. BRUCE Ge­orge Peter Lee – born Peter Dins­dale – was one of Bri­tain’s most pro­lific killers.

On Jan­uary 1981, he pleaded not guilty at Leeds Crown Court to 26 counts of mur­der, but guilty to 26 counts of man­slaugh­ter on the grounds of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity, and to 11 counts of ar­son. DR JOHN BODKIN ADAMS More than 160 DR ADAMS was an Ir­ish-born Bri­tish GP and fraud­ster.

Be­tween 1946 and 1956, more than 160 of his pa­tients died in sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances. Of those, 132 left him money or items in their will.

He was never con­victed, and died aged 84 in 1983. HAROLD Ship­man was one of the most pro­lific se­rial killers in recorded his­tory with 218 mur­ders blamed on him.

On Jan­uary 31, 2000, a jury found Ship­man guilty of 15 mur­ders and was given life. He died aged 57 on Jan­uary 13, 2004, af­ter hang­ing him­self in his cell at Wake­field Prison.

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