Harold Shipman, probably the world's worst serial killer ever, was sentenced to 15 life sentences in jail in 2000. The exact number of people who he killed is now known, but it is said to be at least 500. In January 2004 he hanged himself in his cell.

Another famous killer, Roy Whiting, who murdered Sarah Payne, aged 8, now occupies the cell in which Shipman hanged himself. He says that Shipman's ghost haunts the cell.


15 January 2007



By Jeremy Armstrong

EVIL Roy Whiting has told prison warders he is too terrified to sleep in his new cell because it is haunted by the ghost of Dr Death Harold Shipman.

Child killer Roy Whiting says his cell is haunted by the ghost of Harold Shipman, the world's worst ever serial killer

Paedophile Whiting, 47, who murdered eight-year-old Sarah Payne, claims he is scared witless by eerie noises and "strange goings on".

Two weeks ago he was moved into Wakefield Prison's cell D336, the place where serial killer Shipman hanged himself.

But he has already complained about the haunting to the governor, his psychiatrist and jail staff.

Harold Shipman, the world's most prolific serial killer, was sentenced to 15 consecutive life sentences in 2000. He hanged himself in his cell in January 2004. He murdered at least 500 people.

A source at the West Yorkshire jail said: "He has been in to see the governor demanding a move. He wants out.

"He says he cannot sleep at night because of strange noises and is convinced the ghost of Harold Shipman has returned. He will no doubt be going on about his Human Rights being abused next.

"There is very little sympathy for him from staff. But if he keeps on complaining, he will no doubt end up being moved."

Whiting had been kept in a segregation unit for sex offenders before the move.

He claims the hauntings began in earnest the closer it got to the third anniversary of Shipman's suicide on Saturday.

Many prisoners in Wakefield believe cell D336 is jinxed. Another inmate, Jasbir Singh Rai, 32, was found hanged there in April 1987.

But warders think Whiting is being targeted not by the spectre of Shipman, below - but by non-sex offender inmates who are deliberately making spooky noises to torment him.

The insider said: "Prisoners in the neighbouring cells are winding him up, making strange noises when he is asleep.

The 'straights,' as they are called, left a noose in there for him to find, which hasn't helped."

Whiting's behaviour has become increasingly erratic as a result of the so-called haunting. He is increasingly smelly, bedraggled and unkempt and spends his free time wandering around looking for used cigarette ends. Whiting snatched Sarah on 1 July 2000 near her grandparents' home in West Sussex. Her body was discovered in a field in Pulborough 16 days later.

Fibres from Whiting's van were found on Sarah's shoe. He was sentenced to life for kidnap and murder and is not to be considered for parole until he is at least 93.

Shipman, 58, from Hyde, Greater Manchester, murdered at least 250 of his patients and was sentenced to 15 life sentences. He worked on a biography of Napoleon while in the D-Wing cell.

He used to stay in there reading books and newspapers and writing his prison diary. It contained several entries about his suicide plans.

Wakefield Jail holds some some of Britain's most depraved criminals - earning it the nickname Monster Mansion. They include Soham beast Ian Huntley, Babes In The Wood murderer Russell Bishop, serial killer Robert Maudsley, and quadruple killer Mark Hobson.

The capacity is supposed to be 581, including a maximum of 100 category A and 10 high-risk category A inmates.

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Shipman was prosecuted for the murders of Marie West, Irene Turner, Lizzie Adams, Jean Lilley, Ivy Lomas, Muriel Grimshaw, Marie Quinn, Kathleen Wagstaff, Bianka Pomfret, Naomi Nuttall, Pamela Hillier, Maureen Ward, Winifred Mellor, Joan Melia and Kathleen Grundy, over a period from 1995 to 1998. They were all given lethal injections of diamorphine. For each of the 15 victims he was given a life sentence.

Although there were many other cases that could have been brought to court, it was concluded that it would be hard to have a fair trial, in view of the enormous publicity (external - login to view) surrounding the original trial; in any case, a further trial would be unnecessary, given the existing sentence (he was, in effect, sentenced to 450 years in jail). The Shipman Inquiry concluded that Shipman was probably responsible for around FIVE HUNDRED deaths.
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