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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 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.
John Christie of 10 Rillington Place was an informative read. The information was delivered in a concise manner, and as I’ve been researching the Rillington Place murders I appreciated the extra notes and opinions the author provided.
I do think the book was a little drier towards the end when it was talking about the latter murders and the court case. The beginning was very readable when it was talking about Christie’s early life and his time in the army.
I got a lot out of this one, so I’m glad I read it!