London, 1949. John Christie is an unassuming, middle-aged man who, along with his wife Ethel, lives in the ground-floor flat at 10 Rillington Place. His 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 somewhere in the house or outside area. His next intended target is Beryl Evans, a young woman who has just moved into the top flat in the house. 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 money ...
What happened to Ena and Geraldine and Beryl and Muriel and Rita and Ethel at 10 Rillington Place?
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Did You Know?
originally appeared as "Inspector J" (based on the real-life Chief Inspector Jennings), though his scenes were cut from the finished movie. See more
At the beginning of the film Christie is wearing his medal ribbons for 1914-18. They are back to front, first should be 1914-15 Star, then War Medal and finally Victory medal. The rainbow watered ribbon for the Victory medal is first on his tunic, it should have been last. See more
Timothy John Evans
How do you actually do it?
John Reginald Christie
That's something only doctors and myself know about, it has to be secret you understand.
Prologue to opening credits: "This is a true story. Whenever possible, the dialogue has been based on official documents" See more