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on 13 May 2015
The author obviously did a lot of research in to Christie's background and that of his victims using source material, and even going so far as to study electorial rolls to establish who was living where and when. Not only was this a great bit of detective work but it also vividly brought to life the backdrop of the murders, the seediness of Nottinghill Gate multiple lets in the post war era leading up to the emergence of Rachman. An evocative bit of London social history even if you're not interested in the murder case.

It was in the handling of the facts involved in the Beryl and Geraldine murders that the book fell short. The time line needed to be more clearly established, beginning with when the pathologist estimated the two victims had been murdered. Was Evans at home at the time ? Mention is made of him being at work, was this confirmed by his employers ? Also where was Mrs Christie during this timeframe was she out at work ?I can't remember any mention of what forensic evidence was discovered on the bodies. Evans seemed to have been whisked off to the hangman mainly for being as the father the most likely culprit ( this book interestingly points out he was only tried for the murder of his child and not his wife ).

Oates believes that Evans was guilty of the murder of his wife and child but does not give enough evidence in support. Certainly not enough to sentence the chap to capital punishment ( even if you're a supporter of it ) Where as Christie with his three dead women in his kitchen cupboard and two earlier ones buried in his garden already ? You can see Ludovic Kennedy's point !But then again Evan's behaviour after his wife and child's death was very odd ? An intriguing case.

One other criticism : I objected to Oates describing one of Christie's later murder victims as " the lowest of the low ". She was a young homeless girl with no support network in an era when prostitution was often the only option available for a disadvantaged working class girl. Surely it is Christie who is more deserving of that epitaph.
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on 11 October 2017
Relates the facts but not particularly well written
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on 9 May 2017
When I read Kennedys book I was convinced of the miscarriage of justice . Jonathan Oates states in the conclusion that its pretty certain Christie didn't kill Beryl and Geraldine . However he didn't really prove this but, he certainly threw some doubt on who was responsible .
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on 1 May 2017
excellent read, and tells you in detail about the lives of christie, his wife and also evans ans his wife, i would highly recommend buying this book
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on 31 October 2014
LIttle new revealed about an already well known case. However, this book is excellent for background history on Christie.
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on 6 April 2017
Watched the movie-fascinating read..thank you..👍
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on 20 May 2017
Badly written, almost like reading a schoolboy essay. The most ludicrous statements are offered without any backup of facts, the worst being that Timothy Evans actually murdered his wife and daughter, so we are expected to believe that there were two murderers in the same house at the same time using the same killing methods. Ridiculous comparisons are made between serial killers throughout the book as if it has any bearing on anything, stuff like "Evans did not do well at school...it should be noted that (some other murderer) also did not do well at school" And!?

This woeful book offers absolutely nothing to the story of these crimes, and if it is the only source read will leave the reader with the wrong synopsis. Avoid and use your money to buy a genuine history of the case.
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VINE VOICEon 18 January 2017
This book perfectly accompanies the recent BBC three part serial of Rillington Place. The book relies on facts sourced from acceptable parties and reopens the qusstion: Who killed Beryl and baby Geraldine Evans? The author gathers facts about Christie, from his past up to his execution, and sets in motion speculation about whether Evans's pardon should have been granted. All the information, along with some great period photos are collected in the book and the book is guaranteed to set doubts in the mind of the reader.
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on 4 December 2015
It held my interest with some good descriptive passages and fresh background mayerial but I was increasingly annoyed as his mask of impartiality slipped. The author was very selective in the information he put before readers, and had an obvious Evans Was Guilty bias.
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on 10 June 2017
Many books have been written about the terrible murders at 10 Rillington Place but few of them have looked in depth at the either Christie or Evans using proper historical methodology. This author has done so, giving a real insight into the character of both. This is the strength of book. The weakness is that when it looks at the murders of Beryl and Geraldine Evans, the blame is firmly put on Timothy Evans without any particularly convincing evidence to do so. Worth reading but not convincing on the Evans murders.
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