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BERTRAND DAWSON

 

Name:

Bertrand Dawson

AKA:

Lord Dawson of Penn

D.O.B.

1864

Kill date:

20 January 1936

Kill Place:

Norfolk

Status:

 

Occupation:

Doctor

Victim:

King George V
D.O.B. 3 June 1865

 


 

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FACTFILE

 

In the later part of his life, and in the final months leading up to his death King George from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pleurisy., He also had septicaemia,.

 

15th January 1936, the King took to his bedroom at Sandringham House complaining of a cold; he would never leave that room alive again,. He became slowly weaker and weaker, drifting in and out of consciousness

 

20th January 1936, Led by a team of Doctors, the senior doctor, and the Kings personal physician, Bertrand Dawson, took the unanimous decision to euthanize the king. Giving the King a mixture of Morphine and cocaine he injected the King, there is no evidence that the king had requested this, therefore it must be considered murder.

 

Dawson kept a diary, which was not made pubic until 1986, in it he said:-

 

""At about 11 o'clock it was evident that the last stage might endure for many hours, unknown to the patient but little comporting with the dignity and serenity which he so richly merited and which demanded a brief final scene. Hours of waiting just for the mechanical end when all that is really life has departed only exhausts the onlookers and keeps them so strained that they cannot avail themselves of the solace of thought, communion or prayer. I therefore decided to determine the end and injected (myself) morphia gr.3/4 and shortly afterwards cocaine gr. 1 into the distended jugular vein."

 

Dawson wrote that  he acted to prevent any strain on the family and so that the King's death at 11:55 pm could be announced in the morning edition of The Times newspaper rather than "less appropriate ... evening journals"

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