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14,677. John George Haigh’s crimes were some of the most shocking ever seen in Britain. Driven by greed he killed six people ... plunging the victims into vats of acid. Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook: The Acid Bath Murderer
14,678. It was like a scene from a Hammer Horror Movie. ibid.
14,679. Haigh believed the acid had dissolved his victims and if the police couldn't find a body there were no legal grounds to convict him. ibid.
14,680. It took the jury just fifteen minutes to come to a verdict. ibid.
14,681. There were no signs of remorse for his victims. ibid.
14,682. John George Haigh was the serial killer from middle England who killed the middle class. The sludge at the bottom of the barrels in which he’s dissolved these poor people is poured down the drains. Professor David Wilson, criminologist
14,683. His motivation was simply to make money. Professor David Wilson
14,684. A sixty-nine year old widow – Olivia Durand-Deacon ... Always cheerful and well-dressed Haigh drove a smart Alvis motorcar. He told people at the hotel that he was the owner of a prosperous small factory in Crawley. Great Crimes & Trials: Haigh The Acid Bath Murderer
14,685. Haigh complained to the press about police harassment. ibid.
14,686. A pair of heavy rubber gloves and a rubber apron stained with chemicals. There was also a war-time gas-mask, some empty acid containers and some corroded metal drums. When they found a revolver the detectives knew they were on to something. ibid.
14,687. Haigh was to show no remorse or concern for his victims. ibid.
14,688. Once again he [Haigh] claimed to have drunk his victims’ blood before disposing of them. (Murder & Cannibal) ibid.
14,689. They took only thirteen minutes to find Haigh guilty. ibid.
14,690. I have destroyed her with acid. You will find the remains at Leopold Road. Every trace of her body is gone. John George Haigh to police
14,691. Eight-Day Riddle of Missing London Hotel Guest: All-England hunt for rich widow. Evening Standard headline
14,692. Acid Murders In Cellar. Daily Express headline
14,693. Vampire – A Man Held. Daily Mirror headline [newspaper and editor fined for contempt of court]
23,041. When I was a boy I knew that one day I’d be famous, that destiny had great things in store for me. (Murder & Fame & Destiny) A Is For Acid 2002 starring Martin Clunes & Keeley Hawes & Richard Hope & Celia Imrie & Rowena Cooper & Terence Beesley & Barbara Marten & Claire Nielson et al, director Harry Bradbeer, opening lines
23,042. If we were truly God’s elect, then surely He should have looked after us. (Murder & God) ibid.
23,043. Why don’t you come to my workshop and I’ll take a fitting? ibid. John to old biddy
23,044. I destroyed her with acid. ibid. John to Old Bill
23,045. I suppose that’s nine. ibid.
23,046. These were incidentals. It all started with a dream I used to have as a small child. (Murder & Dream) ibid.
105,215. On February 26th 1949 John Haigh was being questioned by police about the disappearance of a woman … ‘I have destroyed her with acid … How you prove a murder if there is no body?’ … He admitted five further murders … Haigh was a serial killer who murdered for money. (Forensic Science & Murder Cases) Gabriel Weston: Catching History’s Criminals I: A Question of Identity, BBC 2015
HALL, ARCHIBALD aka ROY FONTAINE: Great Crimes & Trials TV - Scottish Daily Record - Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook TV - David Wilson TV -
14,694. The boot of the car had been opened and a body found in it ... While ‘Hall’ was in hospital, his companion confronted with the body had begun to talk. Great Crimes & Trials: Roy Fontaine
14,695. Archibald Hall as Roy Fontaine, and it was under this name that police discovered he had a long string of convictions, none of them yet for murder. ibid.
14,696. Roy Fontaine: a conman and thief ... He specialised in becoming butler to wealthy and elderly couples before robbing them. His current employers were a wealthy eighty-two-year-old businessman Walter Scott-Elliot and Dorothy his wife. They lived in a luxury flat on London’s exclusive Sloan Street. ibid.
14,697. With Mrs Scott-Elliot’s body in the boot of their car, and Mr Scott-Elliot heavily drugged ... they drove into Scotland. ibid.
14,698. Dorothy Scott-Elliot’s body was buried ... His [Mrs Scott-Elliott] body was left under heather and leaves beside a small burn. Fontaine seemed to have no regrets. ibid.
14,699. Fontaine and Kitto headed back into Scotland with Mary Coggle’s [accomplice] body in the boot. Near the village of Middlebie they dumped it in a stream. ibid.
14,700. Yet another body had been discovered in the boot of Fontaine’s car: Fontaine’s true name was Archibald Hall and he had a brother ... He seemed unable to keep his mouth shut ... The next day with yet another body concealed in the boot of their car Kitto and Fontaine set off into Scotland again. ibid.
14,701. He [Fontaine] spent about three-quarters of his adult life in prison. ibid.
14,702. Psychologists have diagnosed him as a classic psychopath. ibid.
14,703. More than fifteen years later he was still in prison. He seems likely to stay there for the rest of his life. ibid.
14,704. Bloodlust Of The Butler. Scottish Daily Record front page
14,705. Archibald Hall was one of Scotland’s most enigmatic serial killers. A man of multiple personalities who used his charms to seduce and deceive. Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook: Monster Butler
14,706. The man who became known as the Monster Butler. ibid.
14,707. Hall became involved in petty theft and housebreaking. ibid.
14,708. He was judged mentally unstable. ibid.
14,709. Archibald Hall had become Roy Fontaine – the perfect gentlemen. ibid.
14,710. He was obsessed with fame and fortune. ibid.
14,711. Hall it seemed had got away with killing his lover. ibid.
14,712. Donald Hall [brother] had become the Monster Butler’s fifth victim. ibid.
14,713. Hall was given two life sentences, Kitto was given one life sentence. ibid.
14,714. Archibald Hall was a conman and a serial killer who would stop at nothing to get the luxurious lifestyle he desired. Professor David Wilson