John Christie

John Christie

Book rating: 03 Hardback Crime Archive

By (author) Edward Marston

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  • Publisher: The National Archives
  • Format: Hardback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 154mm x 18mm | 236g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Richmond
  • ISBN 10: 1905615167
  • ISBN 13: 9781905615162
  • Illustrations note: 20 b/w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 333,233

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John Reginald Halliday Christie murdered at least eight women including his wife, a baby girl and several prostitutes from 1943-1953. Like Crippen, Christie was a respectable seeming man and this ensured his victims trusted him; it also deflected the suspicions of the police. He would use gas to render his victims unconcious and then strangled them whilst raping their live or dead bodies. It wasn't until Christie dissapeared and a new tenant discovered the dead bodies around the house hidden in walls amoungst other places. Justice was served when Christie was apprehended whilst taking a walk along the River Thames.

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Edward Marston is a renowned crime writer and historian. He has published over 40 historical crime novels, the latest being The Iron Horse (2007), which features his popular Victorian detective, Inspector Colbeck.

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By Peter Jones 11 Jan 2010 3

An unusual sized book. It's small and square but hardback. The content is accurate and well written. Being a disappointingly short book it can no way give all the details. After reading this book the best thing to do is search out a copy of 10 Rillington Place by Ludovic Kennedy and find the CD/DVD of the film starring Richard Attenborough & John Hurt. These two actors are absolutely superb in the film.
As an introduction to the case it's good. The pictures are good quality and despite it's shortcomings is a well put together book. Would I buy it again? No.

Peter Jones, Melbourne 14 January 2010