In Conversation With An Acid Bath Murderer
by Nigel Fairs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Nigel Fairs plays John George Haigh, one of the twentieth century's most infamous serial killers, who dissolved his victims' bodies in acid in the belief that a murder conviction was not possible in the absence of a body. The play is largely a monologue delivered by Haigh from his prison cell just before his execution, looking back on his life, although key scenes in his recollection are dramatized by a full cast.
It's certainly an acting tour-de-force by Fairs, who manages to portray Haigh as the outwardly charming and smooth-talking fellow that he had to be in order to win the trust of his victims and evade suspicion for as long as he did. Ultimately, I have to say that it wasn't quite my cup of tea - I read a lot of true crime stories, but what tends to interest me is the detective work and forensic science involved in catching the criminal, and there's not much of that here. View all my reviews