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John Christie

John Reginald Halliday Christie

Born: 8 April 1898, Halifax, Yorkshire, England

Died: 15 July 1953, Pentonville Prison, London, England

Age: 55

Cause of death: Hanged by the neck by Albert Pierrepoint.

Notable because: Apart from the murders he committed, he gave evidence against another man, Timothy Evans, leading to his execution for murders that Christie himself had committed. Was abused by his Father and suffered from impotence, helped by his taste for necrophilia.

 

John Christie was an English serial killer active in the 1940s and 1950s. He was arrested, tried, and hanged for murder in 1953.

Prior to his arrest, he was involved in another murder trial, as a principal witness for the Crown in the trial of his fellow tenant, Timothy Evans. Evans was accused of the murders of his own wife and child, and subsequently convicted of, and executed for, the murder of the baby. Some critics have concluded that Christie committed the murders and framed Evans for them, while others have suggested that there could have been two separate murderers living in the same shared house at the same time. Mr Justice Brabin stated in 1966 that it was "more probable than not" that Evans killed his wife and that he did not kill his daughter Geraldine. However, Christie himself confessed to killing Beryl Evans and several other women (including his own wife), and it is now accepted by the High Court that Evans was entirely innocent of the crimes of which he was accused. The case sparked massive public outrage, and contributed to the suspension and eventual abolition of the death penalty for murder in Britain in 1965 (though it still had the death penalty for espionage, piracy, treason until 1972, 1981 and 1998 respectively) .http://www.silberpapier.de/killer/JohnChristie.jpg

 Date              Victim                     Crime      Body found
1943               Ruth Fuerst            Murder     In the garden
1944               Muriel Eady            Murder     In the garden
14/12/52         Ethel Christie          Murder     Under the floorboards of the front room
2/1/53            Rita Nelson             Murder     At the back of the kitchen cupboard
1953              Kathleen Maloney     Murder     In the middle of the kitchen cupboard
1953              Hectorina Maclennan     Murder     At the front of the kitchen cupboard

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