And in an era when no-one dreamed of questioning their family doctor, few imagined that Eastbourne's dearest Dr John Bodkin Adams
might have been getting rich bymurdering his patients and pocketing generous bequests from their wills.
Her only child, Michael Ashby, was a neurologist who gave evidence at the 1957 trial of suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams
talk Dial Medicine for Murder This fascinating show, a hit at Edinburgh Festival, has two doctors examining why two infamous medics, Harold Shipman and John Bodkin Adams
, became serial killers.
The Curious Habits Of Doctor Adams: a 1950s Murder Mystery by Jane Robins (John Murray, PS20, ebook PS10.99) IN the sedate Sussex coastal town of Eastbourne in the 1950s, where a quarter of the population was retired, the support provided by Dr John Bodkin Adams
sparked rumours for more than 20 years.
Police had discovered their death certificates were among 163 suspicious documents signed by local doctor and suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams
TONIGHT'S programme examines the case of Eastbourne doctor John Bodkin Adams
, who was accused of persuading wealthy patients to include him in their wills, then murdering them.
John Bodkin Adams
, an avaricious Northern Ireland medico who was in practice in Eastbourne in the 1950s.
The scandal, which bears a chilling resemblance to the Shipman case, happened almost half a century ago and involved a doctor called John Bodkin Adams
Performed by two doctors, it features the stories of two notorious British GPs - Harold Shipman and John Bodkin Adams
. There's also mention of a more recent rogue doctor, shamed Solihull surgeon Ian Paterson, last month jailed for 15 years for wounding with intent.
Between 1946 and 1956, some 160 of John Bodkin Adams
's patients died suspiciously - and 132 left him cash.
ONE of the most notorious unsolved murder cases of the 50s centred on Dr John Bodkin Adams
. Adams, from Eastbourne, E Sussex, was acquitted in 1957 of killing Edith Alice Morrell - a wealthy 81-year-old who left her Rolls-Royce to him.