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One of the more unique British serial killers, John George Haigh killed simply because he wanted more. He had an exaggerated sense of entitlement, and would seek out victims who could support his lavish lifestyle. What is most abhorrent in this true crime murder story is not that he killed six people, but rather what he did with them after they were dead. Newspapers and tabloids would shout out headlines of John being a ‘vampire’, a man with a blood lust who drank the blood of those he killed. But was he really a vampire? Or was John just a very clever man?
The undoing of John Haigh came about when a missing person case quickly progressed to a homicide investigation. The police officers involved stumbled across a scene so horrific, it would stay in their minds forever. You see John had learned an interesting skill while incarcerated for fraud – how to dissolve a body in sulfuric acid.
Of all the true crime serial killers, John was different because he didn’t kill out of some need to hurt people. He murdered to gain access to his victims bank accounts. A man from a deeply religious home, John grew up to want more money, the flash cars and the fancy clothing. When he started to run out of money, he sought out his next victim to bankroll his lifestyle. A cold-hearted ruthless man with no thought or care for others, does John’s motive make classify him as one of the worst serial killers of all time? Read about the Acid Bath Murderer and decide for yourself.
I had never heard of the Acid Bath Murderer, so I was definitely intrigued. I’ve read a few other true crime books, but it’s definitely not high on my list of things that I read about, but it’s good to read something different once in a while.
First of all, I have no idea where goodreads gets the page count from, because I read the entire book in about an hour. I read fast, but not that fast.
The book very straightforwardly tells you about John, his early years, and the murders, along with his trials, his death, and even some information about the prison he lived in before he was executed, along with other famous prison residents. The book was interesting, but read very much like a teenager’s paper for school, or perhaps the authors intended the book to be written in such a fashion. Though the story was very interesting, it told us just the facts, and only talked about John’s motivations behinds the murders in a very brief way. Since John was murdering 70 years ago, I understand they didn’t really investigate much into why he killed people, but his entire story was just summed up so briefly.
The second half of the book was nothing more than advertising the authors other books, which rather made me want to give this book a one star rating as that seems extremely cheap, to say the least.