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John Reginald Haliday Christie




8 April 1899
Kill Total:

8 +

Kill date:

August 1943 - 1953

Kill Place:

10, Rillington Place, London.


Married / Widowed


Special PC


Ruth Fuerst, 21 (August 1943)
Muriel Eady, 32 (October 1944)
Beryl Evans, 20 (8 November 1949)
Geraldine Evans, 13 months (8 November 1949)
Ethel Christie, 54 (12 December 1952)
Rita Nelson, 25 (19 January 1953)
Kathleen Maloney, 26 (February 1953)
Hectorina MacLennan, 26 (6 March 1953)

















John Reginald Haliday Christie, was an ex-special Police  constable, during the later part of WW2. It is alleged that he gained his sexual gratification through rape, murder, and necrophilia. He would first make his victims unconscious, and then strangle them while performing necrophilia. He admitted strangling one of his victims during intercourse. Although, baby Geraldine Evans was clearly disposed of as a screaming baby, who, without a mother would arouse suspicion. In the 1940s and 1950s this man killed at least five prostitutes, his wife, a female lodger and her baby daughter. He also kept a collection of clipped pubic hairs, some of which did not match any of his known victims.

Christie was not a popular man, seemingly respectable but not liked. As a teenager he had been nicknamed "Reggie No Dick" because of his sexual inadequacy.

1949 the top floor flat at 10, Rillington Place was empty, the new lodgers were Timothy John Evans, a 24 year old van driver, and his wife Beryl (20), and their baby daughter Geraldine.

30th November 1949 Timothy Evans was in Wales, he walked into a police station and confessed to putting his wife's dead body down a drain. After a search at Rillington place police found not only Beryl, but, also baby Geraldine, in the wash house in the back garden. Evans was arrested, then changed his story and accused Christie of the gruesome murders.

Christie was the chief prosecution witness at the murder trial of Evans, he denied any knowledge of the deaths of Beryl and the baby.

9th March 1950, Evans was found guilty, and hanged at Pentonville Prison.

December 1952, Two years after the Evans' events Christie killed his wife, and buried her under the floorboards of his ground floor flat.

January 1953 he killed two prostitutes, and in April another. Christie left 10, Rillington place leaving the new occupier to trace the origins of the awful smell in the flat. After investigations by Mr. Brown (the new tenant) police, and a pathologist, the kitchen cupboard was found to contain the human remain of three women. Under the floor was Mrs. Christie, and in the garden two further bodies.


31st March 1953, John Reginald Haliday Christie was arrested.

While in custody Christie made detailed confessions to six of the killings. Confessing to the murder of Beryl Evans at his trial, he continued to deny the murder of baby Geraldine Evans.


22nd June 1953, Christie stands trial for the murder of his wife.

His plea of not guilty on the grounds of insanity was rejected.

The jury took 85 minutes to find him guilty.


15th July 1953, He was hanged in Pentonville prison by Albert Pierrepoint. After being pinioned for execution, When getting ready for execution, Christie complained that his nose itched. Pierrepoint assured him that "It won't bother you for long"


18th October 1966 justice was finally done when Timothy Evans was granted a posthumous pardon.



John Reginald Haliday Christie



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