August 15th, 2012

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Audio Review: In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer by Nigel Fairs

In Conversation With An Acid Bath Murderer (Drama Showcase #3)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.

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