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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A is for acid, memories of meeting Det Sgt Heslin
19 April 2013 | by (Paignton) – See all my reviews

I have just seen a repeat of this TV film and was very impressed. I had the opportunity of doing some gardening work for the Sgt Inspector Heslin (Ret'd) before he died, when he lived in Torbay. As one of the detectives who interviews Haigh and discovered his gun, he showed me photographs which very much resembled the film set of Haigh's workhouse.

I also specialized someone in the RAF when, as a medic, I saw just what Sulphuric acid can do. Now I am a prolific author and wish I had taken more notes about this case. Heslin and I enjoyed good conversation and he was very proud to have been one of the main detectives to interview Haigh.

Peter Carroll


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