A Cracking Tale…

In the spirit of our Trail of the Golden Goose event, we thought we should be talking about an eggciting crime (sorry for the bad yolk (sorry again)). Have you ever heard of Faberge eggs? Faberge eggs are glitzy globes of jewel-encrusted precious metals. Originally manufactured for Russian Royalty between 1885 – 1917, they each contained a ‘surprise’ – in one case a 1/16th golden model of the imperial carriage painstakingly crafted over 13 months! They had been presented annually by the Tsar to the Tsarina, often as Easter gifts. Not the kind of egg you’d want on your toast, unless you plan on losing a few teeth! The Coronation Egg - complete with tiny carriage! The Faberge family made more than just eggs though, with high-end jewellery and clocks in their catalogue as well. In 2014, one man walked (well, stumbled) into Christie’s Auction House in Central London. He made his way to fourth floor where he found a safe – after rooting through some unlocked drawers he found the key to...
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Curator’s Reviews! Killing Charlie

In 2015 we had the honour of welcoming LEGENDARY author WENSLEY CLARKSON onto the True CRIME Museum stage for our KINGS OF CRIME night. He fascinated an audience of over 100 with some astonishing tales about British criminals including Great Train Robber, Charlie Wilson. Our Curator Joel Griggs read Clarkson’s account of Wilson’s complex life and gives his verdict below… IN A NUTSHELL: “Killing Charlie” describes the life of a professional, old-school CRIMINAL. Drama abounds, with jail-breaks, precisely planned heists, a corrupt establishment and a coke deal gone wrong. This is also a very intimate and HUMAN story and much interest lies in the chapters where, like us all, Wilson struggles to make finances and relationships work. From ‘largin’ it’ in 1960’s London to ignoble execution poolside on the Costa Del Sol, Wilson chose to live a life of crime. Sensitive and balanced in its account, “Killing Charlie” also suggests that crime chose him. CRIME TIP I LEARNED FROM THIS BOOK: Poke fun at Ron Kray’s paunch… spill beer on Jihadi...
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Mum’s The Word!

Mum’s The Word!

We’re looking forward to Mother’s Day at the end of this month – are you? We think that Mums deserve the best, and if they love True CRIME – we’re it! That’s why we’ll be celebrating with a very special offer – Mums go FREE this Mother’s Day! That’s right, you can get your Mum into the Museum by grabbing one of our Mother’s Day tickets here. So, if you want to get your Crime loving Mum a KILLER gift this Mother’s Day, bring her down! ...
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The Kray’s Boxing Gloves

The Kray’s Boxing Gloves

The Krays were notoriously big on boxing, showing a real aptitude for it in their youth – Ronnie was said to overpower every opponent he came across whereas Reggie would take them down with cold, calculated blows. Ronnie and Reggie in their youth, ready to fight! Some have even argued that if they hadn’t gone on to become London’s most FEARED gangsters that they would have been successful professional boxers. After they stepped into the criminal UNDERWORLD, they boxed less and less – but were still very fond of the sport. These boxing gloves signed by the Kray Twins were donated to a charity auction for underprivileged children in 1985. ...
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Groups, Groups, Groups!

Groups, Groups, Groups!

We’re looking forward to welcoming a whole host of great groups this year from all over the world! We have Curator’s Tours and CRIME Walks through Hastings and St. Leonards to tickle the fancy of even the most die-hard True CRIME addicts – we bet you had no idea what’s gone on in YOUR neighbourhood! If you have a language school, a hen party or even just fancy celebrating that VERY successful heist, CLICK HERE to get in touch with Laura, our Group Bookings Manager, for more information! ...
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Curator’s Reviews! Defending a Monster

Curator’s Reviews! Defending a Monster

Curator Joel with Defending a Monster! John Wayne Gacy was an American serial killer, who raped and murdered at least 33 boys. He famously became known as the 'Killer Clown' due to the fact that he dressed up as 'Pogo the Clown' for children's parties. But if you're reading this review, you probably already knew that! DEFENDING A MONSTER by Sam Amirante IN A NUTSHELL: Christmas 1978: Chicago Police investigating the disappearance of 15yr old Rob Piest enter the home of building contractor John Wayne Gacy. In the crawlspace below his house they find the remains of TWENTY SEVEN young men… Gacy admits to six more slayings and instantly becomes America’s most PROLIFIC SERIAL KILLER and most hated man. Sam Amirante took on the job of ‘Defending A Monster’ and was also hated by some for asserting that his client was not guilty for reasons of insanity. Here, thirty years after, he gives a detailed account of the killer and the trial. Author SAM AMIRANTE grabs a coffee and talks GACY. THE VERDICT: Dozens of books have been written about Gacy,...
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In the POUND!

In the POUND!

We can't believe it's been a whole MONTH since our Dress Up Your Dog day! After a day full of fun (and dogs!) we had our submissions for our photo competition - Crufts Crime Edition! Check out the competition (and the winners) below!!! And the winners... ...
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Curator’s Reviews! The Little Book of Jack the Ripper

Curator's Reviews! The Little Book of Jack the Ripper... Joel and Jeffrey are enthralled by The Little Book of Jack the Ripper IN A NUTSHELL: The Whitechapel Society was formed twenty years ago to promote the study of the Ripper murders. Members meet bi-monthly and a dozen have contributed chapters to ‘The Little Book of Jack the Ripper”.  The book focuses on the victims, suspects and the social and historic background of the case. (Hardback, it’s 189pgs long with B&W spot illustrations. RRP £9.99)  THE LITTLE BOOK OF JACK THE RIPPER by The Whitechapel Society THE VERDICT:The mystery of Jack the Ripper is so enticing and enduring that it cuts through all ensuing eras. The 1980s was a particularly fertile decade for anyone captivated by the tale and movies, TV documentaries and bestselling paperbacks flooded the market, each with a solution more outlandish than the last: The Masons did it… Jack was a Royal Prince! A Hastings hairdresser and a half-human sewer beast also...
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This Month’s Competition Winner!

This Month’s Competition Winner!

Welcome to our NEW News Feed! Tune in here for new exhibits, announcements, competitions, stories, offers and EVEN MORE! Our very first story is about our #MagnificentMondays winner for November! Lucky Mandie Burst has won a Christmas Tour of the Museum with Scrooge! Don't worry if you didn't win!🙂 We still have time slots available every night in December for only £7.50pp! Check out (and BOOK) your Xmas Crime Tour now! ...
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