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Death in the air : the true story of a serial killer, the great London smog, and the strangling of a city /

by Dawson, Kate Winkler [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2017.Edition: First edition.Description: 341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780316506861 (hardcover).Subject(s): Christie, Reginald | Serial murderers -- England -- London -- Case studies | Smog -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century | London (England) -- Social conditions -- 20th century | London (England) -- Environmental conditions -- 20th century
Pressure -- Blackout -- Restrained -- Trapped -- Bodies in the mist -- Postmortem -- Smothered -- Hearth and home -- Squeezed -- Buried -- Illumination -- Infamous -- Legacy.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

In winter 1952, London automobiles and thousands of coal-burning hearths belched particulate matter into the air. But the smog that descended on December 5th of 1952 was different; it was a type that held the city hostage for five long days. Mass transit ground to a halt, criminals roamed the streets, and 12,000 people died. That same month, there was another killer at large in London: John Reginald Christie, who murdered at least seven women. In a braided narrative that draws on extensive interviews, never-before-published material, and archival research, Dawson captivatingly recounts the intersecting stories of the these two killers and their longstanding impact on modern history.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-303) and index.

Pressure -- Blackout -- Restrained -- Trapped -- Bodies in the mist -- Postmortem -- Smothered -- Hearth and home -- Squeezed -- Buried -- Illumination -- Infamous -- Legacy.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Prologue (p. 1)
  • Chapter 1 Pressure (p. 8)
  • Chapter 2 Blackout (p. 24)
  • Chapter 3 Restrained (p. 49)
  • Chapter 4 Trapped (p. 73)
  • Chapter 5 Bodies in the Mist (p. 94)
  • Chapter 6 Postmortem (p. 116)
  • Chapter 7 Smothered (p. 144)
  • Chapter 8 Hearth and Home (p. 164)
  • Chapter 9 Squeezed (p. 183)
  • Chapter 10 Buried (p. 206)
  • Chapter 11 Illumination (p. 234)
  • Chapter 12 Infamous (p. 252)
  • Chapter 13 Legacy (p. 270)
  • Epilogue (p. 282)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 299)
  • Notes (p. 303)
  • Index (p. 335)
  • About the Author (p. 342)

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Library Journal Review

Two events occurred in London in the early 1950s that would change the law. The first became known as the Great Smog: a fog that enveloped London in 1952 with poisonous air that seeped into every nook and cranny of the city. Even though London was renowned for its "pea-soup" fog, the Great Smog was extreme, caused by the smoke of over a million coal fires combining with thick fog that lingered for days. Killing over 12,000 people, the tragedy led to clean air legislation. The second event eventually led to the abolition of capital punishment. Dawson (journalism, Univ. of Texas at Austin) tells of how in 1950, Timothy Evans was convicted and hanged for the murder of his wife and daughter. In 1953, John Reginald Christie, Evans's neighbor and a serial murderer who took the lives of at least seven women, was finally apprehended. Christie's conviction cast doubt on Evans's execution, as many wondered if Christie was the actual killer. This doubt eventually contributed to legislation suspending the death penalty in 1965. VERDICT Tendrils of sickening fog creep everywhere in this book, and terror lurks in the shadows. Dawson skillfully weaves these two events into a substantial narrative that will appeal to all types of -readers.-Penelope J.M. Klein, Fayetteville, NY © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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