‘Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.’ Sir Edmund Hillary
1953 lies at the very epicentre of this story. It was the year of John Christie’s manhunt, arrest, trial and execution -
By way of context, it is useful to consider some of the other major events of that year:
Although thus far largely overlooked by history, it was also the year of the author’s birth.
As well as the year in which John Christie’s life came to an end, it is of some interest to consider, also by way of context, the year in which it began:
In terms of famous births, Christie takes his place amongst a surprising number of notables that year including:
Dr John Bodkin Adams (a British physician suspected of having been a highly-
Events of the year included the first successful wireless transmission, by Guglielmo Marconi, of a radio signal across the English Channel, the outbreak of the Second Boer War and Siege of Mafeking, the introduction of the OXO brand, and the patenting of the paperclip.
(Revision: January 2017)