The Press: Wicked Character

One day last February, Mrs. Olive Du-rand-Deacon left her respectable London hotel to keep an appointment with dapper, 39-year-old John George Haigh. She was never seen again. Three days later, Haigh himself went to the police station and reported the disappearance. The wealthy 6g-year-old widow, he said, had never shown up for the date.

When Scotland Yard found some acid-charred human bones and a fragment of what appeared to be the widow's red plastic handbag in the yard of an abandoned factory, Haigh was arrested. London's liveliest dailies splashed the story over Page One. After reporters learned that the Yard was hunting...

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