GREAT BRITAIN: A Mummy in the Closet

Nobody relishes a good murder trial more than the British public, and British murderers have responded by exhibiting a gory ingenuity that few practitioners of other nationalities can match. One 1949 classic that gripped all Britain involved a man who did in nine people over a period of years, pausing each time to sip a wineglass of warm blood before dissolving the body in a vat of sulphuric acid. Another British murderer, convicted in 1953, consummated his frequent love affairs by strangling his partners and hanging their bodies behind the kitchen wall.

Last week newspaper readers hung over every detail of...

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