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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. But 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. And many simply repeat what has been said before. So a painstaking, scholarly reassessment of the evidence - and of Christie's life - is overdue, and that is what Jonathan Oates provides in this gripping biography of a serial killer.
Dr Jonathan Oates is the Ealing Borough Archivist and Local History Librarian, and he has written and lectured on aspects of London's local history and criminal past, in particular on the Christie case. His books include several volumes in the Foul Deeds series and a trilogy on unsolved London murders. He is also an authority on the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745 and published Sweet William or The Butcher? The Duke of Cumberland and the '45. His most recent books are Tracing Your London Ancestors and Tracing Your Ancestors From 1066 to 1837.