Crime and punishment

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Haigh- the acid bath  murderer © Metropolitan Police

Haigh- the acid bath murderer © Metropolitan Police

In the UK we have a crime museum. Except you wouldn’t know about it because it isn’t open to the public. It still isn’t but you can get to see some of the exhibits from it at a new exhibition opening at the Museum of London in October.

Since its establishment by serving officers in 1875 the Crime Museum (formally known as the ‘Black Museum’) has previously only been open to police professionals and invited guests. The exhibition will feature some of the UK’s most notorious crimes from Dr Crippen to the Krays, the Great Train Robbery to the Millennium Dome diamond heist.

Visitors will get to see the a briefcase with syringe and poison used by the kray brothers; counterfeiting and forgery implements; masks used by the Stratton Brothers in 1905 (they were the first people to be convicted of murder by fingerprint evidence) and objects relating to the murder of Mrs Olive Durand-Deacon by John Haigh (the ‘Acid Bath Murderer’), 1949.

It will also consider the changing nature of crime and advances in detection over the last 140 years, as well as the challenges faced in policing the capital, such as terrorism, drugs and rioting.

Visitors can also experience a reconstruction of the original Crime Museum from 1875, recreated with original evidence from cases of the time including Jack the Ripper and Charles Peace, a prolific cat burglar!

The exhibition is open from the 9th of October until the 10th of April next year.

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