These Crimes Fascinate Us, Even As They Repel Us

July 21, 2017 — If this man decided to be a murderer, he would get away with it. Fred Dinenage knows all about murder. 

During his 50+ years as an announcer, presenter and co-anchor of various programs, crime is often his subject matter. 

He ghosted two autobiographies for the Kray twins, the infamous London gangsters and organized crime lords who worked out of London’s East End in the 1950s and 1960s. He also gained unparalleled access to the Richardson Brothers (known as “The Torture Gang“).

His connection to crime is indisputable.

In Fred Dinenage: The Murder Casebook, Season 1, he presents those British crimes that fascinated the world during the 20th century.

In 9 episodes, Dinenage gives us the stories of:

(1) The Acid Bath Murderer: John George Haigh was a former choir boy who was convicted of 6 horrifying deaths (he would eventually claim there had been 9). His victims were drained of blood and later dissolved in acid, to prevent their bodies from being discovered.

(2) The Tea Cup Poisoner: Graham Young had always been fascinated by chemicals and poisons — in fact he poisoned most of his family at one time or another (most of them survived). Eventually he would be found guilty of murder and would die in prison.

(3) Brides in the Bath: George Joseph Smith was a bigamist many times over who killed at least three of his wives by drowning them in the tub. His conviction was one of the first to rely on forensic evidence and on “system” — showing that there is a pattern that links crimes.

(4) The Black Panther: Donald Nielson killed three people during post office burglaries and then was convicted of killing Lesley Whittle, an heiress whom he had kidnapped.

(5) John Christie: Christie would kill at least 8 people, storing them in and around his apartment at 10 Rillington Place in London. Another man was originally convicted and hanged for one of his crimes; this was one of the factors that led to the abolition of capital punishment in the United Kingdom.

(6) The Welsh Child Killer: Harold Jones killed a child when he himself was only 15. However, he was acquitted, only to commit another murder a few weeks later.

(7) Derek Bentley: 19 year old Derek Bentley was found guilty of the murder of a police officer who was killed while Bentley and a companion tried to commit a robbery. Bentley was convicted on the principle of “Common Purpose,” meaning that he was just as guilty as the companion who actually fired the gun. Bentley was hanged, despite having a marginal I.Q.

(8) Ruth Ellis: Ellis was the last woman put to death in the U.K. She was convicted of killing her lover, a deed to which she admitted.

(9) The Krays: Dinenage gives insider’s information about the notorious gangster twins.

Each episode runs between 44 and 47 minutes.

Watch Season 1 of the Fred Dinenage Murder Casebook.

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