John Christie of Rillington Place: Biography of a Serial Killer

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Wharncliffe, Jan 19, 2013 - True Crime - 224 pages
The bestselling criminal history author provides “compelling insight” into the life and crimes of one of England’s most notorious serial killers (Buckinghamshire Life).
 
Sixty years ago, the discovery of bodies at 10 Rillington Place in Notting Hill, London, led to one of the most sensational, shocking, and controversial serial murder cases in British criminal history: the case of John Christie. Much has been written about the Christie killings and the fate of Timothy Evans who was executed for murders Christie later confessed to; the story still provokes strong feeling and speculation. However, most of the books on the case have been compiled without the benefit of all the sources that are open to researchers, and they tend to focus on Evans in an attempt to clear him of guilt. In addition, many simply repeat what has been said before. Therefore, a painstaking, scholarly reassessment of the evidence—and of Christie’s life—is overdue, and that is what Jonathan Oates provides in this gripping biography of a serial killer.
 
 

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Contents

Title Page
Christies First Crimes 192139
Christies First Murders 193946
Enter the Evanses 194849
The Murders of Beryl and Geraldine Evans 1949
The Murder Investigation 194950
The Trial of Timothy Evans 1950
The Murder of Ethel Christie 195052
Slaughter 1953
Christies Nemesis 1953
The Trial of Christie 1953
Execution and Enquiries 195366
Further Controversy 1966 to date
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Dr Jonathan Oates is the Ealing Borough Archivist and Local History Librarian, and he has written and lectured on aspects of the history of London, including its criminal past. His books include Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Ealing, Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Lewisham and Deptford, Unsolved Murders in Victorian and Edwardian London, Unsolved London Murders: The 1920s and 1930s, Unsolved London Murders: The 1940s and 1950s and Attack on London. He is also an authority on the Jacobite rebellions of 1714 and 1745 and recently published "Sweet William or The Butcher? The Duke of Cumberland and the '45".

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