Serial Killer Car Series: John Haigh (Acid Bath Murders)

Apart from adoring cars, I also love to write and read horror fiction. The psychology behind serial killers’ motives really interests me, so what better way to merge these passions into one big bloody pot than a series about killers’ cars?

John George Haigh is one of my favourite serial killers because of his audacious acts of fraud, impersonation and his ability to lead a lavish lifestyle. He befriended rich people, murdered them and disposed of their bodies in barrels of sulphuric acid. Because the remaining sludge was poured away down a drain, he thought, “No body, no conviction.” When he was eventually arrested after body fat and teeth were discovered in the drain, Haigh simply implied he was a vampire to try for the insanity plea. It didn’t work, and on 6 August 1949, Haigh was hanged at Wandsworth Prison for the murder of six people. This all took place in Sussex, not too far from where I live.

Haigh loved cars and took a job as an apprentice in a firm of motor engineers after he left school. He eventually found success as an underwriter for advertising and insurance. Here he learned about high finance and even managed to buy an expensive car – a red Alfa Romeo, similar to the one pictured below.

After a few more murders and cashing in their belongings, Haigh drove about town in a lovely Alvis – this one was driven by the actor Martin Clunes in the movie A Is For Acid, so is most likely quite accurate.

Unlike most serial killers, Haigh was a bit of a cad, a well-dressed chap driving about town in a sporty car.

Next up… Charles Manson.


Breaking News: Noddy’s Car Sells At Auction

The automotive world held their breath as the bids came in for the car Noddy and Bigears drove around Toyland. As a child I was lucky enough to receive my father’s original first ed. Noddy books, and having read them all many times over, I have a special place in my heart for Noddy and friends. I just wish I had the £29,000 the car eventually sold for, £4,000 over the estimated price.

The car, license plate: NOD 513, is actually a 1969 Fiat Gamine Vignale used to promote Noddy following Enid Blyton’s death in 1968. Based on the Fiat 500, this two-seater roadster was based was built by Carozzeria Vignale between 1967 and 1971. Despite its tiny 594cc engine, Noddy claims it’s very fast due to the fact he’s so light. He even claims of hitting 65-mph past some Gollywogs and PC Plod.