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John Christie: The True Story of The Rillington Place Strangler: Historical Serial Killers and Murderers (True Crime by Evil Killers Book) (Volume 17) Paperback – May 22, 2016
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A real page turner for those familiar with the case or reading about it for the first time. Of course, Christie's crimes had widespread political impacts including the abolishment of the death penalty when it was revealed he had testified against a neighbor accused of a gruesome murder. He was executed while the actual murderer — Christie — continued on.
Ironically and perhaps fittingly Christie himself did not escape the death penalty...
As the synopsis states, ‘John Christie was a man with many secrets, and his flat at 10 Rillington Place in London would become known as one of the original houses of horror. Former soldier, Special Constable, and husband, John was to become regarded as one of the worst British Serial killers to date, and one that left a lot more questions than answers following his execution. Nobody ever suspected that this quiet man would have a dark double life, with a penchant for prostitutes and sexual perversion. He took advantage of the post-war times, the desperate women without husbands and their need to be rid of unwanted pregnancies as a result of prostitution and lack of contraception. Christie claimed he could perform abortions, and this led some women right to his lair, where they would be gassed and raped while they died. The official number of deaths associated with this London serial killer was eight, but it is believed there were most likely many more. This true crime story is filled with unanswered questions and controversy, as Christie’s actions led an innocent man to his death at the gallows. This would later bring about changes to the British legal system surrounding capital punishment, but for Timothy Evans it was far too late.’
Amazon apparently doesn’t want to reveal the atrocities so those descriptions have been excluded. Terrifying to read but the book is sort and once started it is difficult to set aside. Another very fine book from this ongoing investigation of serial killers. Grady Harp, May 16
John Reginald Halliday Christie was a British serial killer during the 1940s and early 1950s. He murdered at least eight women – including his wife, Ethel – by strangling them in his flat at 10 Rillington Place, Notting Hill, London. Christie moved out of Rillington Place during March 1953, and soon afterward the bodies of three of his victims were discovered hidden in an alcove in the kitchen. His wife's body was found beneath the floorboards of the front room. Christie was arrested and convicted of his wife's murder, for which he was hanged on 15 July 1953 (aged 54) at Pentonville Prison, London, England, UK.
My knowledge of John Christie first began with the movie, “10 Rillington Place.” The superb performances by John Hurt and David Attenborough made this a movie to remember for me. The movie version was very good but I wanted more information. This book provided an interesting slant to Evans and Christie. Evans was an innocent man who was hanged for a crime that John Christie committed, and although there was a royal pardon, it was far too late for the family of Timothy Evans who were left behind. ‘As late as 2004, they were still trying to seek justice for his wrongful death. The execution of Timothy Evans was partly responsible for Britain removing capital punishment for serious crimes, so no more innocent persons could be sent to the gallows for crimes they did not commit.’
Even if you are a seasoned campaigner of true crime, John Christie: The True Story of The Rillington Place Strangler; will surely raise more than a few hairs on the back of your neck. It was a good read and the author gave a perspective to these horrific crimes that were fascinating and intriguing. This was one of the better true crime books that I have read recently.
I would highly recommend this read to all fans of the crime genre. And Jack teams up again with Rebecca Lo to bring us this mesmerizing read. I received a copy from the author for my unbiased review. I’m also a big fan of Jack Rosewood so it’s another 5 Stars from me. Well done again!