Timothy Evans goes to trial for the Rillington Place murders

Timothy Evans goes to trial for the Rillington Place murders

Timothy Evans goes to trial for the Rillington Place murdersOn this day in 1950 Timothy Evans went on trial for the Rillington Place murders. Evans was accused and wrongfully convicted of the savage murders of his wife and daughter. Throughout the trial Evans was convinced that his downstairs neighbor, postal worker John Christie was the actual culprit. But Evans, a man who suffered with severe learning difficulties, was tragically under-represented in court and up against a prosecution drawing evidence from Christie himself. He was convicted of the killings and sentenced to be hanged. After Evans’ death Christie continued to kill and confessed to seven murders in 1953. Evans was eventually given a posthumous pardon, and the case played a major in abolishing capital punishment in the U.K three years later.