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Roy Grace author Peter James’ pick of infamous London crime scenes (London24)

Simon Bull, London24 editor Thursday, April 12, 2012

This is London24's version of CSI - Crime Scenes of Interest. Bestselling crime author Peter James usually deals in fiction but here he has picked five real-life locations to write about.
These are some of the most infamous places in London's history, all connected to gruesome stories of murder and bloodshed.

Peter, famous for his Roy Grace detective novels, will be the first author of the day when The London Book Fair opens on April 16.
He will take part in seminars, discussions and book signings during the day.
Now in its 41st year, the fair takes place at Earls Court for three days until April 18.

It is billed as the leading exhibition for people in the publishing industry, being "the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sales and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels."

This year's event has a special focus on China.

To find out more about LBF go to

Pickering Place, SW1

This is one of London's best kept secrets! Found off St James Street, a passageway leads to a tiny courtyard where the last duel in London was fought. Beau Brummel also once duelled here. Author of Brighton Rock and my own personal biggest influence, Graham Greene had a flat here - an appropriate location for a man who played Russian Roulette regularly - duelling with himself!

195 Melrose Avenue, Cricklewood, NW2

One of England's most notorious serial killers, Dennis Nilsen picked up gay lovers, then killed them when they tried to leave. When police entered his house, they found a human head in a cooking pot on his stove. According to an ex-prison officer, Nilsen gets upset if he isn't regularly mentioned in the media.

Mass murderer Dennis Nilsen (right), with a prison warden at his side, is driven away in London where he was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years imprisonment after being convicted of six murders and two attempted murders

10 Rillington Place, Ladbroke Grove, W11

John Christie killed eight women between 1940-50 at 10 Rillington Place, also the title of the chilling film about him starring Richard Attenborough. When he left this house, (now demolished), the next occupant found a corpse papered into a recess in the wall, and the remains of Christie's wife.

The house at 10 Rillington Place in Notting Hill, London, where a series of murders were committed by John Christie in the early 1950s. Due to sightseers the road was quickly renamed Ruston Close after Christie's trial and was demolished in the 1970s

Blind Beggar pub, Whitechapel Road, E1

No pub has been more aptly named! It was here that legendary East End gangster Ronnie Kray, twin brother of Reggie, shot Richardson gang member George Cornell through the eye on March 8, 1966. And it was also here in 1904 that petty villain Bulldog Wallis stabbed a man to death by ramming an umbrella into his eye.

46 Lower Belgrave Street, Belgravia, SW1

On November 7, 1974, Sandra Rivett, nanny to the children of inveterate gambler Lord Lucan and his wife Veronica, was brutally murdered. Lucan vanished that night and has never been seen since. His car was found abandoned in East Sussex. What became of 'Lucky' Lord Lucan is one of the most intriguing unsolved mysteries of modern times.



  • At 10:38 PM , Anonymous Carrie said...

    Reading this, jogged my memory of being taken to look at The Black Museum at Scotland Yard. My late
    Mother was a crime statistics officer at the old Yard, and I was
    about 16 when she decided this would be a nice 'Treat' for me.
    Mayb that's where I got my taste for the gruesome, although I also
    remember that at the time I was really shocked at some of the items ~ The Museum was relocated behind the Commissioner's Office when theymoved the Yard to Victoria Street ~ don't all stampede down there without checking if it is still there.......

  • At 10:06 AM , Anonymous steve said...

    Have a great time, especially at the book fair, Great review ! I read this book a everytime,


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