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					John George Haigh
  The Acid Bath Killer

    By: Heather Roden & Joe Holak
John George Haigh
   Born: July 24th 1909 in Yorkshire
   Lived in Outwood for 24 years
   Quiet monastic life
   Valued animals over humans
John George Haigh

   Handsome, well mannered, very clean,
    and considered a stylish dresser
   Suffered from Obsessive Compulsive
    Disorder (O.C.D.)
    • Hand washer
    • Constantly wore gloves, even in summer

   London’s Daily Mirror reported “Hunt for the
   Mother beat him with hair brush
   Drank blood from his victims
   Partly inspired by the pictures of Christ
    bleeding on the cross in his local church
   In 1944, involved in a car accident with a lorry
    •   Provoked dreams of crucifixes that dripped blood onto
   He would stick his victims with a pen knife and
    drain some of their blood into a cup and drink it
    right after he killed them
Missing People
   Archibald Henderson
   Rose Henderson
   McSwan family (3)
   Woman from Hammersmith
   Youth for Kensington (Max)
   Girl from Eastbourne (Mary)
   Mrs. Durand-Deacan
corpus delicti
   Latin for “Body of Crime”
   In court physical evidence needed to be
    provided for a convection
   Haigh interpreted the saying as “No
    corpse, No convection”
   In prison for minor fraud charge, his
    nickname was “Ol' Corpus Delicti”
Haigh’s Workshop
   He ran a business that
    claimed to do “conversion
    • A normal industrial practice
      that uses strong acids to
      break down materials
Acid Bath Idea
   In France, Maitre Sarret, a lawyer,
    developed a get-rich-quick scheme
    • Involved insurance fraud, murder, and
      disposal of bodies in acid
   Plan backfired for Sarret
   Fake husband blackmailed him
    • Would’ve worked but tried to gain a larger
      amount of money and got caught
   Reports were made to police that Mrs.
    Durham-Deacon was missing
   Investigation was done to see who she
    was last seen with
   Haigh was questioned
   He confessed everything!
Searching for Evidence
   Behind workshop police found
    • Acid sludge pool
    • 40 gallon drum
    • Zigzag patterns in dirt
   Inside workshop
    • Blood stains on wall
       • Indicated that person was shot
    • Receipt to have coat cleaned
    • Revolver
   Acid sludge
    • Body fat
    • Gallstones
    • Foot bones
    • Several bone fragments
    • Dentures
    • Purse strap
    • Lipstick container
What evidence relates to Mrs.
Durham Deacon

   Blood stains on wall correlate that she
    was shot as he confessed
   Coat found was hers
   Purse strap matches purse she had
   Dentures
   Bones

   Forensic team did experiment to see what
    H2SO4 works on
    • Used amputated human foot, sheep leg, organic
    •   Found that it works at different speeds depending
        on amount of water
    •   Fat did not dissolve
   Forensic evidence was allowed in court
   Tried to plead insanity
   Was convicted with in minutes
   Sentence was to be hanged until death
What forensic methods could
have been done today?
   DNA analysis
    • PCR
   Rifling analysis
   Hair analysis
   Polygraph

   What type of acid did John Haigh use?
     •   Sulfuric acid
   What does “corpus delicti” mean?
     •   Body of crime
   How did Haigh interpret the term “corpus delicti”?
     •   No corpse, no crime
   What were some items that was found in the acid sludge that was not dissolved?
     •   Fat, gall bladder stones, bone fragments, dentures
   What was Haigh sentenced after the trial?
     •   Hanged until death
   Describe John G. Haigh’s personality
     •   OCD, washed hands a lot, polite, religious, liked animals, wore gloves often, stylish
   What newspaper held the rights to his case?
     •   Daily Mirror
   How many victims were killed by Haigh?
     •   9
   How were the dentures used to confirm that they were Mrs. Durand-Deacon’s?
     •   They were taken to her dentist and matched with the mold that was used to make hers
   How did the fact that Mrs. Durand-Deacon having osteoarthritis relate to the case?
     •   Bone fragments found in the acid sludge came from someone with ostoarthritis
   Bevan, Richard. John Haigh: The Acid Bath Murderer. Apr. 2008
   Ramsland, Katherine. John George Haigh. Apr. 2008
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