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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th February 1917 Born today: Phyllis Calvert, London, actress (Man in Grey)
18th February 1901 Born today: Reginald Sheffield, London England, actor (Second Chance)
18th February 1775 Born today: Thomas Girtin, London, artist/watercolorist
John Christies House of Horror
The location of John Christie's long gone house of horror.
Location: Near Barton Mews, Ladbroke Grove, London
Description: It was somewhere here, where the Westway now stands, that John Christie lived in a house at the now demolished 10 Rillington Place.
When he left this house, the next tenant found a body papered into the recess in a wall. The police found 5 more bodies including his wife and unearthed evidence that he helped secure the erronous hanging of his neighbour.
His next door neighbour Timothy Evans, a man of limited intelligence, was found guilty (with evidence from Christie) of murdering his wife and child and hanged. Thus making this one of the worst miscarriages of justice in legal history.
Christie himself was hanged and it took 9 more years before Tim Evans was pardoned.
John Hurt and Richard Attenborough played them in a rather good film shot partially at the same house, called 10 Rillington Place.
10 Rillington Place was later renamed 10 Ruston Close until the street was demolished in the early 1970s to make way for the Westway urban motorway, and the street was rebuilt as Bartle Road. The site of 10 Rillington Place is now a small garden.