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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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Arnold Burtin
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DS Heslin
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Mrs. Constance Lane
Barbara Marten ...
Emily Haigh
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John Haigh Senior
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Donald McSwan
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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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In 1945, the widow Olive Durand-Deacon describes her husband as having served in "The Glorious Glosters". Although a common nickname for the Gloucestershire Regiment, it derives from their heroism at the battle of the Imjin River during the Korean War - in 1951. See more »

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Without a body
19 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Martin Clunes plays with relish the real life Acid Bath murderer, John George Haigh in made for television film.

Haigh was a fraudster who came from a strict religious upbringing. He turned to murder supposedly on the premise that if they cannot find a body you cannot be charged for murder. Something he was wrong about.

Presumably his motive was money because as an inventor and gamble he was not much cop. He did well with fast cars, women and being charming. He was also handy with an acid bath where he would dump the murdered corpses which in time would dissolve.

The film looks very nice but its ultimately shallow like a lot of ITV drama films that rely on its star and the production design rather than depth in its screenplay.

We know very little why he killed. Was it an addiction? Haigh also killed several strangers a crime he confessed to after his arrest.

A decent enough drama but it amounts to being just average.


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