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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th December 1933 Born today: James Booth, London England, actor/writer (Zulu, Robbery, Revenge)
19th December 1885 Born today: F S Flint, London England, translator/poet (imagist movement)
19th December 1851 Artist J.M.W. Turner passed away in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London.
19th December 1811 The 2nd Ratcliff murders occur; of John & Liz Williamson, and Bridget Harrington.
19th December 1154 The Coronation of Henry II in Westminster Abbey.
Killer Podola Caught
The site of the capture of cop killer Gunther Podola.
Location: South Kendington Station, London
Description: It was here on 13th July 1959, in a phone box outside of South Kensington tube station that German Gunther Podola was caught by police.
He was blackmailing model Mrs Verne Schiffman for the return of some items he had stolen during a burglary. She kept him talking while the police and Detective Sergeants Purdy and Sandford arrested Podola.
He escaped and ran off towards Onslow Square where he was recaptured, but show and killed Sergeant Purdy and he made his escape.
Podola was recaptured 3 days later, and was the last person hanged in Britain for killing a police officer.