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London, 1949. John Christie is an unassuming, middle aged man who, along with his wife Ethel, manages the apartment building at 10 Rillington Place. His unassuming demeanor masks the fact of being a serial killer. His modus operandi is to act as a person with a medical background, lure unsuspecting women to his apartment on the pretense of curing them of some ailment, knock them unconscious with carbon monoxide gas, gain his sexual release through contact with the unconscious body, then strangle the victim dead before disposing of the body usually by burying it in his back yard. His next intended target is Beryl Evans, a young woman who has just moved into a flat in his building. Beryl's husband, Tim Evans, is an illiterate man who likes to put on airs. Already with an infant daughter named Geraldine, the Evanses learn they are going to have another baby, which they cannot afford to have, nor can they afford to abort the pregnancy. This problem, on top of the constant issue of lack of... Written by
The film was made and released about nine years after its source non-fiction book of the same title by Ludovic Kennedy had been first published in 1961 though the name of the book used a different spelling it being "Ten Rillington Place". See more »
Christie is wearing a police uniform when Muriel Eady comes to the house in the opening scenes but he had already long left the police by this time. Muriel would have known this as she and Christie met when they both worked for the same employer. See more »
10 Rillington Place is a creepy, eerie film about the true story of an innocent man, Timothy Evans, played by the wonderful John Hurt (who should be Knighted by now) is framed by his landlord, John Reginald Christie played the fabulous Lord Richard Attenborough, for the murder of his pregnant wife, Beryl, and infant daughter, Geraldine. It is a fascinating story about an innocent man. The tragedy continues when the truth about John Reginald Christie's murderous history is revealed by the end of the film. You just never know who could be the serial killer in the infamous house. Unfortunately, the house was destroyed and Rillington Place no longer exists in London. It was renamed Rushton Mews/Close later Wesley Square and it is reported that it has been destroyed to make way for the yuppies who occupy Notting Hill. I would have rather seen the real Rillington Place remain for historic purposes only.
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