John George Haigh, the notorious "acid bath murderer" in 1940s England, becomes the subject of this dramatization.

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Gillian Rogers
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Archie Henderson
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Rowena Cooper ...
Mrs. Durand-Deacon
John Flanagan ...
Arnold Burtin
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DS Heslin
Matyelok Gibbs ...
Mrs Constance Lane
Barbara Marten ...
Emily Haigh
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John Haigh Senior
Christopher Town ...
Neil McKinven ...
Donald McSwan
Claire Nielson ...
Amy McSwan
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William McSwan
Christopher Ettridge ...
Steven Rogers (as Chris Ettridge)
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Dramatisation of the true story of the notorious "acid bath murderer" John Haigh, who murdered women and disposed of their bodies in vats of acid in the 1940's. He was only caught when the gallstones of one of his victims, Mrs Durand-Deacon, failed to dissolve in the acid and were detected by the pathologist who examined the residue from the acid bath. Written by van_whistler@hotmail.com

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9 September 2002 (UK)  »

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Haigh meets the Hendersons at the seaside and comments "splendid weather for February!" (it was in fact 12 February 1948 when he killed them). He is then seen driving Archibald Henderson to his workshop down a road with trees in full leaf; this must have been filmed in May or early June. See more »

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Referenced in Psychoville: Joy (2009) See more »

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When the Lights Go On Again
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Performed by Vera Lynn
[detectives inspecting the first crime scene]
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Wonderful 1940's factual drama ... of a serial killer!
11 September 2002 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

A highly entertaining telling of a real life drama about a glamourous British serial killer. Not the most likely subject to tempt an audience but the production was put together with great attention to detail, perfectly capturing Britain in the 1940's, the props, clothes, cars and atmosphere all seeming perfectly genuine. Martin Clunes was superb as Haigh and the supporting cast all played their parts wonderfully well too. A rather unusual subject portrayed with a balanced perspective and having read accounts of the events surrounding Haigh I thought it was a great visualisation of the words I had read. Very interesting indeed.


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