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09-09-1944

Acid bath murderer John Haigh dissolves first victim

Was he mad or was he just bad and after money? Such semantics were beyond Haigh’s previous boss and first victim, ‘Mac’ McSwan as he dissolved in a barrel of sulphuric acid. Haigh later said he killed ‘Mac’ out of blood lust but Haigh was a convicted fraudster and ‘Mac’ had money and property. Murdering and then dissolving the evidence was simply a logical escalation of previous schemes. What is certain is that his ‘compulsion’ to kill again didn’t seem to trigger till the cash from the ‘Mac’ murder ran out... Read the full John Haigh Crime File