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John Christie of Rillington Place: Biography of a Serial Killer Kindle Edition
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The book contains quite a bit of nit-picking and finger-pointing regarding the supposed sins and omissions of previous writers so I feel free to so indulge myself here relative to Dr Oates’s book. Seriously, it is crucial that everything recorded as fact in a book of this kind stands up to examination.
The author would have us believe that Evans knew, without being told, how the bodies of Beryl and Geraldine were concealed. “Only the killer would know this...” He quotes Chief Inspector Jennings reading a statement to Evans: “ I am C I Jennings in charge of this case. At 11.50 am today I found the dead body of your wife Beryl Evans concealed in a wash house at 10 Rillington Place, Notting Hill, also the body of your baby daughter Geraldine in the same outbuilding and this clothing was found on them. etc. etc.”
Ludovic Kennedy gives the same statement but with a crucial difference: the Kennedy version is “...also the body of your baby daughter Geraldine concealed behind some timber.......” This is critical because if the Kennedy version is correct it means Evans was told how and where the bodies were concealed. Why is the Oates version different?
Oates states that at Evans’s trial the two policemen Black and jennings said they did not tell Evans how his wife and child were killed. But once again (from Kennedy) Inspector jennings continues the above statement to Evans by saying: ‘.........Later today I was at Kensington Mortuary where it was established that the cause of death was strangulation in both cases...Read more ›
I have never believed in Evans innocence - I think anyone who watches 10 Rillington Place ( which is a brilliantly acted movie but factually flawed) would have had a lot of sympathy for Evans but that was Ludovic Kennedy's purpose - to make Evans appear innocent - I think Evans killed his wife and that Christie killed the child , Geraldine - I think that although Evans had no idea of Christies " history" , Christie could not afford any police probe into his situation as he had two skeletons in the back garden so he persuaded Evans to leave the scene of the crime before the pair if them hid her body in the wash house - I believe that the killing of Geraldine was probably down to Christie . Evans made several statements but the truth was, he killed his own wife , he knew exactly where her body was - he made the statement to the police to that effect when he was in Wales . Evans was not a serial killer , the killing of Beryl was probably done in a fit of anger whereas Christies methods were pre- meditated . It is probably right that Evans was pardoned for Geraldine's murder , but that pardon did not exonerate him from the murder of Beryl .Read more ›
The author takes it as fact that Evans was not informed that Geraldine had been strangled with a tie. I believe Evans had already been told of this by PC Black, although the police say he hadn't been told. Well they would wouldn't they? - the police were determined to get a full confession out of Evans.
The author states that nobody heard Beryl cry out at the time of her murder. The book states that Beryl was stranged from behind so she wouldn't have known what was happening until the cord was around her neck - too late to cry out. The same with the baby Geraldine. The author states that Ethel was in the house and did not hear the baby cry (at the time when it was murdered). Well the baby was known to cry a lot anyway.
I believe Evans' last statement was the truthful one because it makes a lot more sense than his prior confessions. Evans was a bully but I don't believe he had the mindset to murder his own baby daughter. Christie killed Beryl for the same reasons he killed his other victims - lust. He then killed Geraldine to get her out of the way and to stop her crying and drawing attention to the fact her mother had gone.
Are we to believe that Christie knew nothing of the bodies concealed within the wash house? Christie, it has been said, knew everything that went on within that house.
And the massive coincidence remains - Jonathan Oates wishes us to believe that two stranglers lived in the same tiny house at 10 Rillington Place at the same time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't normally write reviews, but I felt that I had to with this one!! I am amazed that author Mr Oates has written & published a book as recently as 2012 and expects us to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written but a grisly subject. A very dark true story. Anyone you enjoys reading about true crime will enjoy this. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Emma elson
Thank 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... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
I am too young to remember this case but can remember the late Ludovic Kennedy's book on this: Jonathan Oates reaches a different conclusion. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mike
The,true story of the infamous,serial killer. That,was............John Reginald Christie!Published 6 months ago by Jameson Wisdom
very good read but harrowing, all those lives taken to satisfy a man's perverted lust.Published 7 months ago by jean maryon
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