Meet the team behind The True CRIME Museum!

Shan:

Shan Smith – Museum Assistant

Job title: Museum Assistant

Fun fact: “I am a freelance illustrator alongside this job!

Which criminal would you most like to meet? “Definitely Harold Shipman to try and understand if he ever actually wanted to be a doctor to care for people, or if his motivations were malicious all along”.

What’s your best story from working at the TCM? “Reece and I were filming TikToks after we closed the Museum at the end of the day and he leaned on the chain across Haigh’s display (which is not strong enough to support body weight) and he immediately fell to the floor onto his bottom!”

Reece:

Reece Edwards – Junior Museum Assistant

Job title: Junior Museum Assistant

Fun fact: “My favourite TV show is Doctor Who and when I saw Christopher Eccleston filming outside the Museum, I was too scared to ask for a picture with him”.

Which criminal would you most like to meet? “I’d like to meet The Zodiac Killer because I’d love to know who he really was. It’s such a mysterious case that has always interested me…”

What’s your best story from working at the TCM? “The Museum gets very dark in the winter as the nights draw in, I love scaring my colleagues by popping out from around corners sometimes unintentionally!”

Paul:

Paul Ray – Museum Assistant

Job title: Museum Assistant

Fun fact: “I enjoy being creative in many mediums and studied an HND in Art and Design Crafts”.

Which criminal would you most like to meet? “Probably Andrei Chikatilo. I am curious as to how a person, that has committed such horrendous acts, would present themselves”.

What’s your best story from working at the TCM? “Pretty much every day ends up having a story of some sort! But I never take for granted the unique situation, and responsibility, of handling and maintaining exhibits that have been directly involved in criminal activity or even ended people’s lives”.

Harvey:

Harvey Bellhouse – Junior Museum Assistant

Job title: Junior Museum Assistant

Fun fact: “I am a big Dungeons and Dragons nerd, I also studied A level Art and Design at Bexhill College”.

Which criminal would you most like to meet? “David Berkowitz (Son of Sam / 44. Calibre Killer) I’ve always found this case very interesting…”

What’s your best story from working at the TCM? “I’m really enthusiastic about the paranormal. If I had to say… It would be when I heard one of the heavy cut-out figures falling over at the front of the Museum, they are very heavy and there was no wind that day or explanation on the CCTV”. (If you’re looking for the footage it can be found on our TikTok here  – https://www.tiktok.com/@truecrimemuseum/video/7021501187971173637?lang=en&is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1

Laura:

Laura Green – Assistant Curator

Job title: Assistant Curator

Fun fact: “I’ve worked at the Museum for over 3 years now. I’m a massive animal lover and enjoy reading true crime books in my spare time. My bookshelf at home is definitely something to behold”.

Which criminal would you most like to meet? “I’m absolutely fascinated with the letters we have on display here at the Museum between Ricky Thomas, a local Author and Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker). He’s a very strange and unique character. This is highlighted very well in the film documentary that plays in our Cinema Cave. I must have watched it a thousand times and have often thought about what it would be like to interview him”.

What’s your best story from working at the TCM? “You might have already seen me talking about my experiences with the paranormal since working at the Museum. If you haven’t, you can watch it here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwTTPEkuWIo&t=884s&ab_channel=GhostechParanormalInvestigations I don’t think you can really beat that…”

Emma:

Emma Shaw – Part-Time Business Manager

Job title: Part-Time Business Manager

Fun fact: “My places of employment have been subterranean for over 20 years!”

Which criminal would you most like to meet? “Jacco Macacco the fighting Monkey! We have his actual ashes here in the Museum!”

What’s your best story from working at the TCM? “Our first evening event at The True CRIME Museum was a talk with author Wensley Clarkson called ‘Kings of Crime’, we were not expecting anyone to turn up.  Next thing BBC news came along, and that evening we hit capacity, it was a fantastic night!”

Joel:

Joel Griggs – Curator

Job title: Curator

Fun fact: : “I’m extremely colourblind. Bloodstains could be red, brown, purple, green… ? I’ve got no idea!”

Which criminal would you most like to meet? “Prince Andrew”.

What’s your best story from working at the TCM? “When the Museum first opened, I had the bright idea of putting LIVE maggots into our entomology exhibit…Overnight they turned into a huge swarm of flies which greeted staff opening the Museum the next day!”