Book Review: John George Haigh: The Acid-Bath Murderer

haigh_coverFrom 1944-1949, John George Haigh murdered six people before dissolving their corpses in acid, earning him not only a reputation as one of England’s most notorious serial killers, but also the title of the “Acid Bath Murderer.”

Renowned author Dr. Jonathan Oates continues his brilliant true crime series under the Pen & Sword Books banner with John George Haigh: The Acid-Bath Murderer, a comprehensive look at Haigh’s life and criminality, from his fanatically religious-embedded upbringing to the day of August 10, 1949, when Haigh was executed for the slayings of 69-year-old Olive Durand-Deacon as well as members of the McSwan and Henderson families. With solitary chapters devoted exclusively to each victim accounts, Oates describes his subject’s crimes in meticulous detail.

In addition to the Acid Bath killings, Haigh’s student years as a bully leading up to his pre-serial murder legal transgressions and incarcerations are chronicled. Also contained within the book are 16 pages of photographs, including reprints of official legal documents, pictures of Haigh’s childhood homes and other shots of locations essential to the killer’s life story.

John George Haigh: The Acid-Bath Murderer is a compelling, all-inclusive and skillfully written biography of a depraved individual who made his horrifying mark on the British 1940s.

John George Haigh: The Acid-Bath Murderer is available via Pen & Sword Books here or on Amazon at this link.

(Special thanks to Charlie Simpson of Pen & Sword Books)


Body Discovered in Vacant New Jersey Home Identified as Missing Teenager reports that a deceased body found in a vacant Rio Grande, New Jersey home has been identified as that of vanished teenager Nicole Angstadt, who was reported missing December 1.

Angstadt’s remains were discovered on Monday in a crawl space. Police do not believe the murder was random.

32-year-old Charles Mosley was charged with having a sexual relationship with Angstadt, but has not charged with her murder. Three other men were arrested on robbery charges in connection to the investigation, but also have not been charged in Angstadt’s death.

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Two Deceased Children Discovered in Redding Storage Unit

tami_huntsmanThe Plumas County News reports that a child-welfare check in East Quincy, California has led authorities to the discovery of an injured and starved 9-year-old girl as well as the bodies of two young children, aged 3 and 6, placed in a Redding storage unit.

The girl’s guardian, Tami Joy Huntsman, and her boyfriend, Gonzalo Curiel, were arrested this past Friday and are expected to face murder charges in Shasta County after being arraigned on felony charges of torture, child abuse and mayhem. Both are currently being held on $1 million bail.

The discovery of the 9-year-old in a locked vehicle led to the apprehension of Huntsman and Curiel. Following intense questioning, Curiel reportedly told police where the two younger children were located.

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FBI Joins Long Island Serial Killer Investigation

fbi_logoPolice on Long Island have announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the exploration into the case of the “Long Island serial killer” after eleven sets of human remains were discovered on a remote suburban New York beach highway beginning in December 2010, reports

An FBI spokesperson has confirmed the agency’s involvement. No suspects have ever been identified in any of the murders.

An episode of 48 Hours titled “Long Island Serial Killer” is available for viewing here.

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Two Bodies Discovered in Ohio Park

wilson_omar_villedaWBNS reports that central Ohio authorities are investigating two homicides after a pair of bodies – including the remains of missing teenager Wilson Omar Villeda – were discovered in a park over the past several days.

Police are unaware if the bodies were buried at the same time, but believe the deaths did not occur simultaneously.

Villeda’s body was discovered on December 3. Investigators were not able to immediately determine a gender, race, or age of the second victim.

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