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VERY WELL WRITTEN BOOK
on 21 August 2016
I have read almost everything published about Reginald Christie - no idea why I find the case compelling but might be something to do with the fact my grandparents lived right next door to the last man sentenced to be hanged for murder , which was commuted to life ( 12 years in his case) because the death sentence was repealed .
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 .
This book has only strengthened the opinion I have long held - Evans was a murderer " by accident" , Christie was a psychopath and serial murderer - unlike many people, I don't find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that one tiny, decrepit house in the insalubrious area of Notting Hill Gate could house two murderers simultaneously in 1950's London . Christie covered his tracks - Evans just wasnt clever enough , and, he had what Christie never possessed - a conscience about what he had done . His attempts to blame Christie were just futile attempts to save his own skin at the final reckoning - the knowledge that Christie had killed Geraldine meant he had no qualms about trying to pin Beryl's death on him too - by that time, Evans had nothing to lose .
Evans and Christie always referred to Geraldine as " the child" or " it never stopped crying" - to both of them, I think Geraldine was just an "it" , not a human being at all , just a " thing" - no parent refers to their child as an " it" or " the child" in the way Evans did repeatedly in his statements ; it would be my daughter or our daughter or Geraldine - I don't think Evans gave much thought to his child or her fate when he fled Rillington Place - I think its why he showed little reaction when he was informed that " it" was dead .
Case closed - thank you Mr Oates .