Rillington Place

A Capital Crime

Last week BBC1 aired the first episode in a three-part drama about the notorious 1950s serial killer John Christie. Starring Tim Roth and Samantha Morton, Rillington Place tells of the miscarriage of justice that saw Timothy Evans hanged for a crime he didn’t commit. 

Posted on November 30, 2016 in Film/TV Adaptations
Tags: A Capital Crime, BBC1, Crime books, John Christie, John Hurt, Laura Wilson, Richard Attenborough, Rillington Place, Samantha Morton, Tim Roth, Timothy Evans, crime drama, true crime

Rillington Place adaptations

A shocking and gripping case in British crime history, the story of serial killer John Christie has been retold in many forms over the years.

It was the inspiration for the 1971 film 10 Rillington Place which starred Richard Attenborough and John Hurt; was reassessed in meticulous detail for Jonathan Oates’ biography John Christie of Rillington Place; and was also the basis for our very own crime novel by Laura Wilson, A Capital Crime.

Listen here to Laura Wilson discussing the true case which acts as a background to her book and why it has always been a part of her life.

Laura Wilson discussing John Christie case and Rillington Place

The story of A Capital Crime

It is winter, 1950 in a dingy part of London. John Davies confesses to strangling his wife and baby daughter, and for DI Ted Stratton of West End Central, it promises to be a straightforward case.

When Davies recants, blaming respectable neighbour Norman Backhouse for the crimes, nobody, including Stratton, sees any reason to believe him. Davies is convicted and hanged, but later, after a series of gruesome discoveries, Stratton begins to suspect that there has been a terrible miscarriage of justice.

Her marriage in tatters, ex-MI5 agent Diana Calthrop is determined to start a new life, but, despite a promising beginning, she soon finds herself in trouble both financially and emotionally. And with a seemingly unstoppable killer of women on the loose, she is very vulnerable indeed.

A Capital Crime is a story of guilt, longing, uncertainty, and grotesque horror. Perfect for fans of Rillington Place, wondering where to go for their next crime history fix.

Praise for Laura Wilson

‘A writer who achieves her grip on the reader by the accumulation of little gems of setting and characterisation’ The Times

‘One of the country’s most acute psychological crime novelists’ Independent

‘The third book in Wilson’s DI Stratton series [A Capital Crime] is even better than the previous prize-winning instalments. A small masterpiece’ Literary Review

Rillington Place continues on 6th December at 9pm on BBC1

Buy A Capital Crime here

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