Englishman Graham Bishop, the 59-year-old medium/clairvoyant who has appeared on reality television shows such as ‘Åndernes Magt’ and ‘Klarsyn’, was sentenced to eleven years in prison and deportation by Copenhagen City Court yesterday. Bishop was found guilty of the attempted murder of his four-year-old twin daughters last week, but sentencing was delayed while the court considered Graham’s contention that he was temporarily insane at the moment of the crime.
He blamed the attack on medicine he was taking for his ADHD.
The stabbing occurred in August 2012, when the father took a knife to his daughters in the Ronald McDonald patient housing at the city hospital, Rigshospitalet. The family was there because one of the girls was receiving dialysis treatment for chronic liver failure. Graham locked himself in the room with his daughters and his wife notified police that he was making threats with a knife. After throwing himself out of the girls’ window, police kicked down the door to find that the girls had been stabbed.
The court ruled that the attack on the girls was so vicious that Graham must have intended to kill them. The assault has left both girls with permanent injuries, particularly the one who was already suffering from liver failure.
It was revealed during the case that she had endured spastic paralysis, lost much of her sight and will likely live a shorter life because of her father’s attack.
Bishop moved to Denmark from Swindon in southwest England in 2000. He is described as being “active in the spiritual environment in Denmark”, which helped land him spots on several television shows. Graham claimed to be able to communicate with spirits by going into a trance and being possessed by someone who Graham calls ‘Dr Karl’. According to Bishop, Dr Karl is a German physician who was born in 1848 and began performing operations on people at the tender age of 12. Bishop claims that Dr Karl is his “main spirit guide” who uses Bishop’s body to help “heal” people in need.
On his now defunct website, Graham detailed his connection to Dr Karl:
“All of my life I felt a bit of an outsider and I have experienced many things that seemed to have no practical explanation,” Bishop wrote. “It has been many years now that I have been honoured with sharing a very deep personal connection with Spirit Dr Karl, and work in the state of ‘deep trance’ (from my viewpoint a totally unconscious state). This particular spiritual ability is rare and so I am one, of only a few, able to offer this unique service of providing such strong and direct access to those in the spirit world.”
After Bishop serves his sentence, the court ordered that he be immediately deported.