THE ACID-BATH MUR­DERER

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John Ge­orge Haigh was a se­rial killer in 1940s eng­land. He ei­ther bat­tered or shot six peo­ple to death and then forged doc­u­ments to ac­quire their prop­erty and pos­ses­sions. He dis­solved the corpses in sul­phuric acid in the mis­taken be­lief that, if a body couldn’t be found, a mur­der con­vic­tion was im­pos­si­ble. He was fi­nally caught af­ter a dry-clean­ing re­ceipt for a vic­tim’s coat was found in his brief­case, along with pa­pers link­ing him to his ear­lier mur­ders. He

was hanged in Wandsworth prison on 10 au­gust 1949, aged 40.

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