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And while she was inhaling this, Christie inserted another tube into the jar — one connected to a gas pipe. Eady soon passed out from carbon monoxide poisoning.
He would then murder at least another six women over the next nine years using the same techniques. It made for quite a disturbing scene in the film 10 Rillington Place, starring Richard Attenborough. Rather than dumping them away from his ground floor flat, Christie liked to keep the bodies close to him — a characteristic common to many necrophiliacs.
He buried his first victim under the floorboards in the living room before moving her to a hole in the garden. He would go on to bury his second victim, Muriel Eady, next to her. Only after finishing his mug did Christie hide the body in the alcove. But there were some warning signs for what he would grow into. Christie was the sixth of seven children in his Yorkshire-based family, and his dominating five elder sisters undermined his confidence.
At the age of eight, Christie saw the open coffin of his grandfather, an experience he found powerful — the man who once scared him was now only a body.
It was from this point many psychologists say Christie formed a hatred and dread of women and he was only able to perform sexually when he was in complete control. The two of them lived in Sheffield for the first part of their marriage. It was a sexually dysfunctional relationship as Christie often suffered from impotence which some say she teased him about and friends and neighbours gossiped that she only stayed with him out of fear. Latest Releases Coming Soon Blog. Your basket is empty.
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A month later it was the scene… Available in the following formats: Kindle Hardback ePub. Nevertheless, it was established that all three victims had been exposed to carbon monoxide. As with Eady, Christie repeatedly raped his last three victims while they were unconscious and continued to do so as they died. When this aspect of his crimes was publicly revealed, Christie quickly gained a reputation for being a necrophiliac. He later covered the entrance to this alcove with wallpaper. The landlord visited that same evening and, finding the couple there instead of Christie, demanded that they leave first thing the next morning.
On 24 March, Brown discovered the kitchen alcove when he attempted to insert brackets into the wall to hold a wireless set. After he left Rillington Place, Christie went to a Rowton House in King's Cross , where he booked a room for seven nights under his real name and address. Christie was placed under arrest and at first only admitted to the murders of the women in the alcove and his wife during police questioning.
He later confessed to the murder of Beryl Evans, which Timothy Evans had originally been charged with during the police investigation in , although for the most part he denied killing Geraldine. Christie was tried only for the murder of his wife Ethel.
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His trial began on 22 June , in the same court in which Evans had been tried three years earlier. Matheson, a doctor at Brixton Prison who evaluated Christie, was called as a witness by the prosecution. He testified that Christie had a hysterical personality but was not insane. Christie was hanged on 15 July at Pentonville Prison.
His executioner was Albert Pierrepoint , who had previously hanged Evans. Pierrepoint assured him that, "It won't bother you for long".
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Christie claimed that the four different clumps of hair in his collection came from his wife and the three bodies discovered in the kitchen alcove, but only one matched the hair type on those bodies, Ethel Christie's. Even if two of the others had come from the bodies of Fuerst and Eady, which had by then decomposed into skeletons,  there was still one remaining clump of hair unaccounted for—it could not have come from Beryl Evans, as no pubic hair had been removed from her body. Writing in , Professor Keith Simpson , one of the pathologists involved in the forensic examination of Christie's victims, had this to say about the pubic hair collection:.
It seems odd that Christie should have said hair came from the bodies in the alcove if in fact it had come from those now reduced to skeletons; not very likely that in his last four murders the only trophy he took was from the one woman with whom he did not have peri-mortal sexual intercourse; and even more odd that one of his trophies had definitely not come from any of the unfortunate women known to have been involved. No attempts were or have been made to trace any further victims of Christie, such as examining records of missing women in London during his period of activity.
In his book The Two Killers of Rillington Place John Eddowes, son of lawyer Michael Eddowes , suggested that Christie had been in a perfect position, as a special police constable during the war, to have committed many more murders than have been discovered. On the other hand, historian Jonathan Oates considers it unlikely Christie had any further victims, arguing he would not have deviated from his standard method of killing in his place of residence.
Following Christie's conviction there was substantial controversy concerning the earlier trial of Timothy Evans, who had been convicted mainly on the evidence of a serial killer living in the same property in which Evans had allegedly carried out his crimes. The controversy prompted the then Home Secretary , David Maxwell-Fyfe , to commission an inquiry led by John Scott Henderson, QC , the Recorder of Portsmouth , to determine whether Evans had been innocent of his crimes and if a miscarriage of justice had occurred. Henderson interviewed Christie before his execution, as well as another twenty witnesses who had been involved in either of the police investigations.
He concluded that Evans was in fact guilty of both murders and that Christie's confessions to the murder of Beryl were unreliable and made in the context of furthering his own defence that he was insane.
John Christie of Rillington Place: Biography of a Serial Killer
Far from ending the matter, questions continued to be raised in Parliament concerning Evans's innocence,   along with newspaper campaigns and books being published making similar claims. This uncertainty led to a second inquiry, chaired by High Court judge, Sir Daniel Brabin , which was conducted over the winter of — Brabin re-examined much of the evidence from both cases and evaluated some of the arguments for Evans's innocence.
His conclusions were that it was "more probable than not" that Evans had killed his wife but not his daughter Geraldine, for whose death Christie was responsible. Christie's likely motive was that her continued presence would have drawn attention to Beryl's disappearance, which Christie would have been averse to as it increased the risk that his own murders would be discovered. There was already debate in the United Kingdom over the continued use of the death penalty in the legal system.
The controversy generated by Evans's case, along with other controversial cases from the same time, contributed to the suspension, and subsequent abolition , of capital punishment in the United Kingdom for murder. In January , the Home Office awarded Evans's half-sister, Mary Westlake, and his sister, Eileen Ashby, ex-gratia payments as compensation for the miscarriage of justice in his trial.
The independent assessor for the Home Office, Lord Brennan QC, accepted that "the conviction and execution of Timothy Evans for the murder of his child was wrongful and a miscarriage of justice" and that "there is no evidence to implicate Timothy Evans in the murder of his wife. She was most probably murdered by Christie. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. English serial killer. Main article: Timothy Evans. Brabin, Daniel Rillington Place. London: The Stationery Office. Eddowes, John The Two Killers of Rillington Place.
London: Warner Books. Eddowes, Michael The Man On Your Conscience. Gammon, Edna A House to Remember: 10 Rillington Place. Memoirs Books.