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 ...
The true story of John Christie - the serial killer.
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Did You Know?
Richard Attenborough later offered John Hurt the role of Gandhi. Hurt didn't feel he was right for it, but did consent to a make-up test. Afterwards, both men agreed it didn't work. Hurt guessed that Attenborough had to offer him the part because British investors in the film would have wanted a British actor in the lead. See more
Christie's medals - he enlisted in 1916 and therefore could never be eligible for the 1914-15 Star he wears (red, white and blue ribbon), he could only have been awarded the War and Victory medals. See more
John Reginald Christie
Tim, I dislke this business as much as you do. Just I happen to have picked up this knowledge while I was in training as a doctor before the war.
Timothy John Evans
I didn't know you did all this medical stuff.
Prologue to opening credits: "This is a true story. Whenever possible, the dialogue has been based on official documents" See more
Version of Rillington Place