On 1st June Mr Tim Stanton gave a fascinating talk and showed photographs of scenes from The Acid Bath Murders.
Mr John George Haigh was born in Lincolnshire in 1909 and was executed by hanging in 1949 at Wandsworth Prison. Between 1944 and 1949 he killed between six and nine people. After killing his victims he put their bodies into baths of concentrated sulphuric acid then poured the sludge down a drain.
It was only when his last victim was missing because she hadn’t paid her hotel bill that a search was made. She was a resident of Onslow Court Hotel in London. Police eventually traced Haigh and his victim, Mrs Durand-Deacon’s remains, to his workshop at Leopold Road, Crawley. They found a fur coat, gall stones and dentures which all proved to be hers.
The reason he killed his victims was through greed. After killing them and disposing of their bodies he forged their papers and sold their possessions so he could live the life of a wealthy man. He sometimes stayed at the George Hotel, Crawley but also used to spend time in big hotels in London, where he met rich people.
Carol Trotman gave a vote of thanks saying she remembers the case well as she lived and went to school in Crawley.
The meeting finished with a raffle and coffee and a reminder that our next meeting 6th July will be our AGM.