Lot 672: Haigh John George

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Lot 672: Haigh John George: (1909-1949) English Serial Killer Of The 1940S, Known As The Acid Bath Murderer. Rare T.L.S., J. G. Haigh, Two Pages, 8Vo, South Kensington, 11Th October 1945, To Miss. A. V. M. Bishop, On The Printed Stationery Of The Onslow Court Hotel. Haigh Writes To His Correspondent In His Capacity As Attorney For W. D. Mcswan, And Thanks Miss Bishop For A Letter Confirming That An Appointment Next Monday Evening At 7Pm Will Be Convenient, Continuing €˜Mr. Mcswan In July Of This Year Completed A Power Of Attorney To Me Vesting Caretaker Rights Over His Properties In His Absence. I Will Bring The Official Law Courts Office Copy Of This With Me On Monday So That You May See It’. Haigh Also States €˜Would You Be Good Enough To Apprise The Tenant Upstairs Of My Intended Visit So That I May See Him/Her Following You. The Rents Will Presumably Have Accumulated From The Beginning Of July, And I Trust That It Will Be Convenient To Bring This Matter Up To Date On Monday’. Some Light Creasing And A Few Pinholes To The Upper Left Corner, Only Very Slightly Affecting One Word Of Text. About Vg John George Haigh Had Moved To London In 1936 And Found Work As A Chauffeur To The Mcswan Family, Wealthy Owners Of An Amusement Park. However, This Employment Did Not Last Long As Haigh Soon Found Himself Imprisoned For Fraud And Stealing. In The Summer Of 1944 He Happened To Meet William Donald Mcswan And The Two Men Went For A Drink At The Goat Public House On Kensington High Street On 6Th September 1944. They Then Went To Visit Haigh’S Workshop At 79 Gloucester Road. Here Haigh Murdered Mcswan, Smashing His Skull And Placing His Body In A Gallon Drum Of Sulphuric Acid. Following This Haigh Visited Mcswan’S Parents, With Whom He Got On Well, And Informed Them That Their Son Had Gone Into Hiding In Scotland To Avoid Being Called-Up For Military Service. By Sending The Couple Letters, Purporting To Be From Their Son, Haigh Was Able To Maintain The Deception Until July 1945 When He Then Murdered Donald And Amy Mcswan, Again At The Basement Workshop Of 79 Gloucester Road And In The Same Manner As He Had Murdered Their Son. As The Present Letter Illustrates, Haigh Then Assumed Power Of Attorney For William Mcswan And As Well As Obtaining Money From Rents From Their Property Portfolio, He Also Sold Properties, Posed As William Mcswan And Cashed His Pension Cheques, And In All Made Around £8000, A Significant Amount Of Money In Post-War Britain (Close To Being £250,000 Today). International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £300 - 400
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