John George Haigh was the only child of two Plymouth Brethren. He had a strict and isolated upbringing with even religious symbols forbidden.
He initially lived in fear of being blemished like his father who told him that a birthmark was a result of sinning. He eventually realised that he could do bad things and no marks would appear. Against his parent’s belief, he then went to a Cathedral.
It was there that he saw the image of a bleeding Christ. A fascination with blood was born...