The Dark Side, British, Part 1

Murder on the Moors
Saddleworth Moor, its long stretches of rugged earth, punctuated by steep valleys, sprawling hills, and rocky streams, was the silent witness of one of Britains worst serial murders. Every few months another child would mysteriously disappear as he or she walked the moors between the villages. And so it might have continued for many more years had Myra Hindleys brother-in-law not seen Ian Brady take an axe to one of his young victims.

It was a real shocker in an era that could not imagine a woman participating in the brutal murder of children. Myra and Ian were the prototypes for Fred and Rose West, Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka and the other twisted partners in murder that followed them.

Mary Bell
Who could look at the face of this sweet 10-year-old girl and ever imagine her to be one of the youngest serial killers ever discovered. Was this youngster who killed her playmates without any feelings of guilt the result of a monstrous family or a bad seed or something else?

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Often resurrected in musicals and plays, the infamous London barber Sweeney Todd and his bloodthirsty girlfriend live again in a new BBC movie. Often thought to be an urban myth, evidence is plentiful that Sweeney Todd was a real murderer who went on trial for his crimes.

Long before Freddie Krueger or Jack the Ripper, theater-goers have been thrilled with the legendary exploits of Sweeney Todd, the murderous barber who dispatched his customers with a flick of the razor and then had his lover serve up the remains in a tasty meat pie.

Number 10 Rillington Place
Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson and John Hurt were only part of the all-star cast of this creepy thriller. Ten Rillington Place was the address of John Reginald Halliday Christie and his wife Ethel lived in one of the apartments. Above them lived Timothy Evans, his wife Beryl and their infant Geraldine.

Beryl became pregnant and wanted an abortion, which Christie told her he would perform. He then raped her and killed both her and Geraldine. Evans was arrested for the crimes and executed. This case had much to do with the abolition of the death penalty in Britain.

Christie went on to murder his wife and several prostitutes He disposed of the bodies in his pantry.

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