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Elliott Erwitt New York City 1953
The Infamous “Black Museum” of Crime, Scotland Yard
The Black Museum of Scotland Yard is a cabinet of crime curiosities. Founded in 1874, it contains evidence, contraband, and artifacts displayed to help educate new law enforcement officers. As mementos go, these are some of the most gruesome around – a grisly catalog of crime going back over 150 years.
From the pots serial killer Dennis Nilsen boiled the flesh of his victims in, to the gallstone of one of acid bath murderer John Haigh’s dissolved corpses, there is enough horror on show to send a shudder down the strongest of spines.
They are hidden away from public view in the Met Police’s infamous “Black Museum” – but they could soon become a major tourist attraction in a bid to raise cash for the force. Reportedly, letting people in to see the chilling, hair-raising items could generate millions of pounds. Even a three-month exhibition at £15 a head could make £4.5million – enough for 100 officers for a year.
Possibly the most fascinating exhibit at the site is a letter sent to London’s Central News Agency on September 27 1888 from Jack the Ripper – at the height of his murderous reign of terror in the East End. The note taunted detectives for their failings. It read:“Dear Boss,
I keep on hearing the police have caught me but they wont fix me just yet. I have laughed when they talk about being on the right track. I am down on whores and I shant quit ripping them till I do get buckled. I love my work and want to start again”
The letter was signed Jack the Ripper, the first time the name was used. But the museum is more than just a hall of fame for London’s most infamous killers.
There is also an array of disguised weapons, with everything from walking sticks to umbrellas holding concealed guns. One sword, called the cop killer, contains a small dagger in the hilt which was drawn on an officer who went to tackle the holder. There is also an incredibly macabre item: Haigh’s oil drum, in which he dissolved six victims in sulfuric acid – along with the gallstone.
Other darker exhibits include the necrophiliac John Christie’s tobacco tin. He confessed to killing seven women after he was held for the murder of his wife. The killer gave testimony against his lodger Timothy Evans, who was hanged for two murders Christie carried out. The execution led to the abolition of the death penalty.
One exhibit that may be too grisly to go on public display is a crucial piece of evidence against Nilsen, who murdered 15 young homeless or homosexual men back at his home. He kept their corpses for long periods. When he began cutting up, boiling body parts and flushing them down the toilet, drains became blocked, leading to his arrest. A sample of the revolting brown sludge is on display as is his cooker and pan (picture 1). Some of the exhibits are so horrible, it is said even some hardened police officers faint during the tour.
More than likely, the “Black Museum” will be made available to the public. Its hard for any public institution to turn down an opportunity to bring in some much currency, especially a police force.
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