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John Bodkin Adams (1899)

Adams was an Irish-born British physician suspected of having been a serial killer. Between 1946 and 1956, more than 160 of his patients, many of them elderly, died under suspicious circumstances—most leaving him money or items in their wills. He was tried for the murder of one patient but was acquitted. He was later convicted of other crimes, but never murder. A 2000 article in the British Medical Journal suggests that Adams may have been the role model for what other serial-killer doctor? More...
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John Bodkin Adams (1899)
Adams was an Irish-born British physician suspected of having been a serial killer. Between 1946 and 1956, more than 160 of his patients, many of them elderly, died under suspicious circumstances—most leaving him money or items in their wills. He was tried for the murder of one patient but was acquitted. He was later convicted of other crimes, but never murder. A 2000 article in the British Medical Journal suggests that Adams may have been the role model
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The Britain of 60 years ago was a very different place to today. It was far more deferential for a start. No one, for instance, would have dreamed of questioning the competence of their family doctor.

It was also a place where a lot of people, especially elderly women, suffered from their ‘nerves’. The Electrolux vacuum cleaner of the mid-1950s was even advertised with the slogan ‘It’s kind to your nerves’.

All this was good news for Dr John Bodkin Adams. A GP in the sedate South coast town of Eastbourne, Adams was renowned for being wonderfully attentive to his female patients. At any hour of day or night, he would fly to their bedsides.

Peer a little closer, though, and Adams’ reputation was not as spotless as it seemed.

A mediocre student, he’d only just scraped through his medical exams and had developed an odd habit of falling asleep during operations - something apt to reflect badly on any doctor, I would have thought.

His methods were rather questionable too.


By JOHN PRESTON

PUBLISHED: 18:48 GMT, 13 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:21 GMT, 14 June 2013
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