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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
Acid Murderer worked here
The Vampire of Kensington John Haigh worked here in the 1940's.
Location: 79 Gloucester Road, Kensington, London, SW7 4PG
Description: The acid bath murderer, John George Haigh, lived at the Onslow Court Hotel in Brompton Road, SW3 and worked here at 79 Gloucester Road.
In 1944 he shot a young acquaintance called Donald McSwann. Ten months later he also killed both of McSwann’s parents who were enquiring about their son. All the bodies were dissolved in baths of acid at Gloucester Road. Haigh sold his victims’ belongings.
Later, he murdered a wealthy widow, 69 year-old Olive Durand-Deacon, and strangely he went to the police to report her disappearance. But when the police investigated it they found the trail led directly to Haigh.
He confessed to six murders and claimed to have drunk the blood of some of his victims, leading the press to dub him the Vampire of Kensington.
He was hanged in 1949.
Tagged in this Tour: Scary walk
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