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A Is for Acid (2002)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  9 September 2002 (UK)
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John George Haigh, the notorious "acid bath murderer" in 1940s England, becomes the subject of this dramatization.

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Mrs. Olive Durand-Deacon
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Mrs. Constance Lane
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John Haigh Senior
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Donald McSwan
Christopher Town ...
Claire Nielson ...
Amy McSwan
Donald Douglas ...
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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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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Superbly summed up true story
9 September 2002 | by (Wigan, England) – See all my reviews

This TV movie was a superb historical drama about a true life murderer in England during and after the Second World War. Martin Clunes portrays the serial killer in a sincere but occasionally humourous way. The film shows how the killer gradually loses control and how he eventually is caught where he thought he couldn't based on an old law where a person could not be convicted of a murder if no body is found. I really found it enjoying and the acting of Clunes and his co-stars gave a true feeling of the times and the addition of a character being played by a person who actually met the real killer whilst she was child in London at the time make this film a very enjoyable treat


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