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.
He served a string of prison
sentences for petty crime, and was known to have visited
prostitutes from the age of nineteen.
During the first world war he
served as a signalman, and was subsequently discharged after
a mustard gas attack. He later claimed that the attack had
left him temporarily blind and mute. Although it is
suspected this was mainly to get attention.
1920, He met and then
married Ethel Simpson Waddington, they settled in Sheffield.
While working as a postman he
was jailed for three months, for stealing postal orders, and
1922 was put on
probation, this time for violent behaviour.
He then moved away from
Sheffield, leaving Ethel to cope on her own. he moved to
1929, Christie was back
in prison, this time on theft charges he served nine months
before moving in with a prostitute. And then another six
months in prison for assaulting her. Then followed another
spell inside for cart theft.
1933, He somehow
convinced Ethel to travel down from Sheffield, and
suggested they give the relationship another go.
1938, The couple move in
to the ground floor flat at 10, Rillington Place, Notting
August 1943, Christie,
now 45 years old, started an affair with a 21-year-old
Austrian girl. Ruth Fuerst was his first KNOWN
victim. He strangled her during violent sex, and buried her
body in the back garden at Rillington place.
8th November 1944,
32-year-old Muriel Eady was a neighbour, Christie invited
her over as he claimed he had a cure for her chest complait,
by using a special inhaler. The device actually contained
carbon monoxide. Once unconscious he strangled her while
raping her. She too was buried in the back garden.
1948 the top floor flat at 10, Rillington
Place was empty, the new lodgers were Timothy
John Evans, a 24 year old van driver, with a low
IQ, and his
wife Beryl (20). The couple moved into the top
floor flat, and soon gave birth to baby
8th November 1949,
Beryl had discovered she was pregnant again, but did not
want to keep the baby, abortion at the time was illegal, so
she was planning on going to a back street clinic. She
confided in Christie, who said he could help.
He poisoned her with
carbon monoxide, strangled her and performed necrophilia. He
then persuaded Timothy Evans not to go to the police as they
would suspect him.
30th November 1949 Timothy Evans was in Wales
staying with his aunt, they were suspicious of his stories
and threw him out. He walked into a
police station and confessed to putting his wife's dead body down a
2nd December 1949, After a search at Rillington place police found not only Beryl,
but, also baby Geraldine, in the wash house in the back garden, baby Geraldine
still had a mans tie round her neck, that had been used to
strangle her. Evans was
arrested, then changed his story and accused Christie of the gruesome murders.
11th January 1950, 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.
into depression and his visits to prostitutes escalated.
12th December 1952, Two years after the Evans' events Christie
killed his wife, and buried her under the floorboards of his ground floor flat.
19th January 1953 he
killed 25-yeal-old pregnant prostitute Rita Nelson, using
the termination excuse that he had used on Beryl Evans. He
buried her body in an alcove behind a cupboard in the
26th February 1953,
Another prostitute, 26-year-old Kathleen Maloney, was
gassed, strangled and raped. He also put her body in the
alcove in the kitchen.
6th March 1953,
Christie's final victim was 26-year-old Hectorina McLennan,
she was also gassed, strangled and raped, possibly after
death. Her body was also stashed behind the kitchen
Christie then papered
over the cuipboard.
20th March 1953,
Unable to deal with the terrible smell coming from
decomposing bodies, Christie moved out of Rillington Place, leaving the
new occupier to trace the origins of the awful smell in the flat.
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
31st March 1953, John Reginald Haliday Christie
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, Aged 54, 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.
It has been suggested that with
his special privilege as a Special Constable during the war,
it is entirely possible that there were more victims.
Like many serial killers,
Christie kept 'trophies', in this case pubic hair.
But in his possessions was found pubic hair that could not
be identifier as coming fro any of the known victims.....................