Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, prosecuting various federal crimes. He then put McSwan's body into a 40-gallon drum and tipped concentrated sulphuric acid on to it. In the days after the murder he took her coat to the cleaners and tried to sell her jewelry. But by 1947 he was looking for more victims and rented a workshop at 2 Leopold Road in Crawley, West Sussex. Alone, John moved south to London, where he picked up work as a chauffeur for a wealthy businessman named William McSwan in 1936. Haigh would later claim he suffered from recurring religious nightmares in his childhood. He collected a total of almost 8,000 pounds.
He stated that the reason her dentures survived was because they were made out an artificial substance that resisted acidic destruction. Haigh won a scholarship to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield. Marriage and imprisonment On 6 July 1934, Haigh married the 23-year-old Beatrice Hamer. He soon confessed to the killings. Additionally, he used his mechanical gifts to maintain McSwan's amusement machines. He did not use acid to actually kill his victims, but rather as a he believed foolproof method of body disposal — dissolving their bodies in concentrated sulphuric acid before forging papers in order to sell their possessions and collect substantial sums of money.
On 12 February 1948, he drove Henderson to Crawley on the pretext of showing him an invention. His claims of insanity - backed up by his supposed confession to drinking his victim's blood - were rejected and he was convicted by the jury after only 15 minutes. The same year Haigh was jailed for fraud, Betty gave birth while he was in prison but she gave the baby girl up for adoption and left Haigh. He keeps up the pretense that Donald is on the run through the rest of the war, but as Britain celebrates , Haigh tells William and Amy that Donald has returned to London and is waiting for them at his workshop. Mr Justice Travers Humphreys sentenced him to death. Overnight figures suggested 6 million viewers had tuned in to watch A Is for Acid, a figure beaten by an episode of which appeared in the same time slot on. Haigh was a pragmatist, as always.
The first signs of trouble appeared in his early 20s. Donald agrees to Haigh's suggestion that he run the business and take care of his parents while Donald hides out in Scotland for the duration of the war. Befriending McSwan and his elderly parents, William and Amy, Haigh offers to help them when Donald is to fight in the. On 2 July 1945, Haigh killed Donald's concerned parents William, 70, and Amy, 65, at the workshop in Gloucester Road. He was charged with murder at the nearby courthouse in what is now known as the Old Town Hall. According to Haigh's account, he battered McSwan over the head with a hammer, slit his throat and collected some of his blood in a mug to drink. While at the flat Haigh stole Archibald Henderson's revolver, planning to use it in his next crime.
Haigh by then was calling himself an engineer, and Olive mentioned an idea to him that she had for artificial fingernails. Despite these limitations, Haigh developed great proficiency in the piano, which he learned at home. The profiles of the victims he tried targeting were middle-aged, white, widows. Following that he became a bogus and received a four-year jail sentence for. John happily invited her to his West Sussex workshop, where he shot her dead and submerged her body in acid.
Mr Justice Travers Humphreys sentenced him to death. Forensic Research of Dissolving Human Remains in Acid Disposal of human remains in acid is still used today by killers. Haigh was also known to have stayed at Crawley's George Hotelon several occasions. He shot them, dissolved their bodies in acid, and sold off their belongings. Early Life John George Haigh was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire, and grew up in the village of Outwood, West Riding of Yorkshire. His parents were engineer John Robert and Emily, members of the Plymouth Brethren, a conservative Protestant sect. A year later, Haigh was overdrawn at the bank and owed the Onslow Court Hotel money for his room.
I know it was the same suit, as I inquired of the management. Why should he ask himself whether that was right or wrong? On 6 September 1944, he lured 37 year-old William Donald McSwan, who had employed him as a chauffeur at an amusement park, into his basement workshop at 79 Gloucester Road in Kensington, southwest London. The case of John George Haigh was one of the post-1945 cases which gained much media coverage at the time. Haigh received a four-year prison sentence for fraud. To put McSwan's parents off the scent, he claimed Donald had disappeared to avoid conscription. Haigh then took over McSwan's house and began collecting the rents for his parents, but he wanted the money from the properties.
His parents, John Robert, an engineer, and Emily, née Hudson, were members of the , a conservative Protestant sect who advocated austere lifestyles. He went on trial at Lewes Assizes on July 18, 1949. He suspected that the pool was all that was left of Durand-Deacon. How can you prove murder if there is no body? McSwan introduced Haigh to his parents, William and Amy, who mentioned that they had invested in property. In the case of Haigh, it was also the method of disposal which has given him his place in criminal history. Haigh noticed this and quickly disposed of them on July 2, 1945 in the same place their son was killed.
The substantial forensic evidence, notwithstanding the absence of his victims' bodies, was sufficient for him to be convicted for the murders and subsequently executed. McSwan worked for them by collecting rents on their London properties, and Haigh became envious of his lifestyle. They soon voiced their suspicions to John. Serving a previous sentence for fraud, Haigh impressed himself with a jailhouse experiment revealing the efficacy of sulfuric acid for completely dissolving the body of an unfortunate mouse. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the. Haigh stole William McSwan's pension cheques, sold their properties — stealing about £8,000 £ as of , when adjusted for inflation — and moved into the Onslow Court Hotel in Kensington. These he shot dead, and rendered as per usual into vitriol compote.