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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 sSixty 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 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 Christies life - is overdue, and that is what Jonathan Oates provides in this gripping biography of a serial killer....

Title : John Christie of Rillington Place: Biography of a Serial Killer
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ISBN : 9781783405275
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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John Christie of Rillington Place: Biography of a Serial Killer Reviews

  • Ant Koplowitz
    2019-01-24 04:27

    John Christie of Rillington Place by Jonathan Oates reminded me that I, along with most other members of the public know relatively little about Christie and the murders at that infamous terraced house in Notting Hill. This is a detailed and thorough re-examination of the evidence concerning the deaths of Beryl and Geraldine Evans et al, and the most likely parts played by Christie and Timothy Evans in the murderous drama that occurred during the 1940s and 50s. Like most other people I had been convinced by Ludovic Kennedy's 10 Rillington Place, and the excellent film adaptation of the book in the early 1970s, that Christie was the perpetrator of the murders. But what Oates does is dismantle the Kennedy theory, and demonstrate that it was but one perspective on what might have happened. For example, I didn't know that although Evans was posthumously pardoned for killing his daughter, there remains very strong circumstantial evidence pointing to him as the murderer of his wife.Oates writes a in precise and detailed manner and systematically analyses all the known sources, as well as re-examining the numerous (often inaccurate) works regarding these cases. The book challenges the well-embedded theories that Evans was a simple, unwilling victim, who killed nobody and was executed as a result of one of the worse miscarriages of justice in the twentieth century. It's a salutary lesson in using the facts and evidence, as opposed to a never-questioning belief in powerful propaganda.There are no clear answers, no grandiose final solution to the seventy year old mystery, and no startling revelations, just a forensic re-assessment of the known (and previously forgotten and unknown facts). Oates does a workmanlike job in bringing new slants to the horrors of Rillington Place, although the prose was a bit clunky in places and I got fed up with his misuse of the word 'ironically'. But these are minor quibbles in an otherwise excellent read.© Koplowitz 2015

  • David John Gray
    2019-01-30 02:34

    What a personThank God we have removed the act of capital punishment this is that unfortunately we seem to drag up every so often it is a very gruesome story that never go away also this book is well written

  • Carole
    2019-02-17 09:34

    An interesting, well written and detailed account of the events at Rillington Place.

  • Tiffany
    2019-02-09 03:25

    Good read about a serial killer in the U.K. who isn't talked about often. Easy to read and follow along, though not terribly interesting. Read so I could write a paper on Christie and it was more than enough information to give me what I needed for a good paper.