The 1982 Hyde Park Bombing

Four soldiers were killed by an IRA bomb at Hyde Park in central London on 20 July 1982. Corporal Roy John Bright, 36, Lieutenant Denis Richard Anthony Daly, 23, Lance Corporal Jeffrey Vernon Young, 19, and Simon Andrew Tipper, 19, were all members of the Royal Household Cavalry, Blues and Royals. They were riding from …

Margery Gardner: The actress and the psychopath

On Thursday, 20 June 20 1946, actress Margery Gardner, 42, met a handsome 29 year-old pilot named Neville Heath. Heath passed himself as a decorated Second World War veteran but his relatively short life was marked by dishonesty and deception. A former private schoolboy, he had joined the RAF only to be dismissed in September …

Death at the Savoy: Ali Fahmy

The trial of French socialite Marguerite Fahmy for the murder of her wealthy husband at the Savoy Hotel was the sensation of its day. At around 2am on 10 July 1923 a porter heard three shots coming from their luxury suite and ran to the door to see 22 year-old Ali Fahmy slumped against the …

Britain’s Hannibal Lecter: Peter Bryan

“Cannibalism is normal. It’s been here for centuries…” So said serial killer Peter Bryan as he boasted how he had fried one of his victim’s brains in Clover butter. Bryan believed that the human body was a natural food source that made him stronger. He told one psychiatrist he hoped… You must be a paid …

Ten Rillington Place: The Home of John Reginald Christie

Number 10 Rillington Place no longer exists on the map but it was once the most notorious address in London. It was at this terraced house in Notting Hill that John Reginald Christie killed at least six women including his wife Ethel between 1943 and 1953. He is also thought to have been responsible for …