Two days later he returned to find that the body had become sludge, which he poured down a manhole. He told McSwan's parents that their son had gone into hiding in Scotland to avoid being called up for military service. Haigh then took over McSwan's house and began collecting the rents for his parents, but he wanted the money from the properties.
Donald and Amy became curious as to why their son had not returned as the war was coming to an end. On 2 July , he lured them to Gloucester Road by telling them their son was back from Scotland for a surprise visit. He murdered them in his basement with blows to the head and disposed of them.
Haigh was a gambler and was running short of money by the summer of To solve his financial troubles, he found another couple to kill and rob: Dr Archibald Henderson and his wife Rose, whom he murdered after feigning interest in a house that they were selling. He was invited to the Hendersons' flat by Rose to play the piano for their housewarming party.
While at the flat Haigh stole Archibald Henderson's revolver, planning to use it in his next crime. Haigh was also known to have stayed at Crawley's George Hotel on several occasions. When they arrived, Haigh shot Henderson in the head with the stolen revolver. He then lured Mrs Henderson to the workshop, claiming that her husband had fallen ill, and shot her also. Haigh by then was calling himself an engineer, and Olive mentioned an idea to him that she had for artificial fingernails.
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He invited her down to the Leopold Road workshop on 18 February and, once inside, he shot her in the back of the neck with the. The workshop in Sussex rented by Haigh did not contain a floor drain, unlike the workshop he had rented at Gloucester Road in London. He therefore disposed of the remains by pouring out the container on a rubble pile at the back of the property.
Investigation of the area by pathologist Keith Simpson revealed 28 pounds of human body fat, part of a human foot, human gallstones and part of a denture which was later identified by Mrs Durand-Deacon's dentist during the trial. Haigh asked Detective Inspector Albert Webb during questioning, "Tell me, frankly, what are the chances of anybody being released from Broadmoor?
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The inspector said that he could not discuss that sort of thing, so Haigh replied, "Well, if I told you the truth, you would not believe me. It sounds too fantastic to believe. Haigh then confessed that he had killed Durand-Deacon, the McSwans and the Hendersons—as well as three other people: a young man called Max, a girl from Eastbourne , and a woman from Hammersmith.
These claims could not be substantiated. He was charged with murder at the nearby courthouse in what is now known as the Old Town Hall. He confessed to having dreams dominated by blood as a young boy.
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When he was involved in a car accident in March , his dream returned to him: "I saw before me a forest of crucifixes which gradually turned into trees. At first, there appeared to be dew or rain, dripping from the branches, but as I approached I realized it was blood. The whole forest began to writhe and the trees, dark and erect, to ooze blood A man went from [ sic ] each tree catching the blood When the cup was full, he approached me.
It became apparent that Haigh had been using the acid to destroy victims' bodies because he misunderstood the meaning of the term corpus delicti , and mistakenly believed that, if the bodies could not be found, a murder conviction would not be possible. Despite the absence of his victims' bodies, there was sufficient forensic evidence for him to be convicted for the murders and subsequently executed. It took only minutes for the jury to find Haigh guilty. Mr Justice Travers Humphreys sentenced him to death.
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It was reported that Haigh, in the condemned cell at Wandsworth Prison , asked one of his prison guards, Jack Morwood, whether it would be possible to have a trial run of his hanging so everything would run smoothly. It is likely that his request went no further, or, if it did, the request was denied.
Just prior to his execution, Haigh was asked if he wanted a brandy. He replied, "Make it a large one, old boy".
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