We’re Good to Go!

We’re Good to Go!

On Saturday 21st March, The True CRIME Museum shut down for business following the government announcement to close hospitality venues due to Covid-19 Coronavirus. Curator, Joel Griggs says, “It couldn’t have hit Hastings tourism businesses at a worse time, right at the start of the peak tourist season, it was a very dark time for us, we were so unsure as to whether the Museum would ever re-open again!” Thanks to the government furlough and small business grant schemes, as well as fantastic support from their loyal staff and customers The True CRIME Museum is now looking forward to welcoming visitors again, however, this will be quite a different experience than what previous customers would have been used to. The True CRIME Museum’s Covid-19 Coronavirus safety measures: Curator, Joel Griggs says, “We’re doing everything we can to help keep the Museum safe and clean for our staff and customers” The True CRIME Museum Team have been busy preparing to reopen for Saturday...
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New Job Vacancies!

New Job Vacancies!

UPDATE 1st July 2020 - We have now recruited. We received hundreds of applications, thank you to everyone who applied. We look forward to introducing you to our new team members soon! We are looking to recruit an Assistant Curator and a Museum Assistant (First Year Apprentice) at The True CRIME Museum! Do YOU have what it TAKES to join our TEAM? . Good 'people skills', a friendly approach and excellent communication skills. . Ability to maintain professionalism and good presentation. . A desire to work within a museum environment, with an interest in tourism and the local area. . Adaptable and able to work on own initiative. . Recognise the importance and benefits of productive team working. . Positive, enthusiastic, committed and with a flexible attitude to work. Could YOU be our next INMATE? APPLY HERE: https://www.indeedjobs.com/the-true-crime-museum/_hl/en_GB?cpref=JXWAtnzf3XWjLOi4YeVNLsKhmt5T2XHWO_eAaedkfgk ...
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Strange Exits from Hastings

Strange Exits from Hastings

Strange Exits from Hastings It’s time for another TRUE CRIME book review and our customers and followers will NOT want to miss this one!!! At the True CRIME Museum, you will find FOUR FASCINATING items once belonging to victim MAUD MARSH. She was murdered by her husband George Chapman, a one-time Hastings barber, who is believed by many to have been JACK THE RIPPER. Items belonging to The Hastings' Ripper Suspect's victim, Maud Marsh, on display at The True CRIME Museum's ERA of the RIPPER Exhibition! Author Helena Wojtczak is the undisputed AUTHORITY on the life and crimes of George Chapman and if you have an interest in JTR, I URGE you to grab a copy of her book, ‘JACK THE RIPPER AT LAST’ from the True CRIME Museum shop. Her latest work, ‘STRANGE EXITS FROM HASTINGS’, is an anthology of thirty three deliciously dark tales of murder, misery and misfortune befalling Hastings residents and visitors from 1804 -1948. The title page states; “Life is infinitely...
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Joel Reviews SERIAL KILLERS by Ben Biggs

Joel Reviews SERIAL KILLERS by Ben Biggs

Here at The True CRIME Museum we regularly get sent CRIME books for review on our news page and for sale in our Museum Shop. Curator Joel Griggs needs little encouragement to PORE over every morbid, sordid page. TODAY, he reviews a new title, ‘SERIAL KILLER – MEANS. MOTIVE. OPPORTUNITY’, published by Welbeck and written by Ben Biggs. “JUST what the world needs.” I thought, “ANOTHER Serial Killer Anthology!” But before putting it on the pile of books for review on the True CRIME Museum front desk, I noticed it was written by former REAL CRIME MAGAZINE Editor, Ben Biggs. I was a paid-up subscriber and always a BIG FAN of Real Crime Magazine. The editorial style very much mirrored what we have tried to create at the Museum. The layout and imagery were GORGEOUS and the written information BITESIZE. And WE have her BODICE! Ben’s book, ‘SERIAL KILLER – MEANS. MOTIVE. OPPORTUNITY.’ adheres to this format, with less emphasis on the sumptuous and lurid visuals. What you get is the lowdown on 100 of the world’s deadliest murderers in easily digestible,...
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The Worlds DEADLIEST Poisons

The Worlds DEADLIEST Poisons

Poisoning was the favoured method for housewives dispatching their husbands in the Victorian era. Commonly used was cyanide – a rat poison widely available at the local chemist! Asides from it’s availability and deadliness, cyanide was also favoured for being – at the time – quite difficult to detect after death. The decline of cyanide poisoning came about with the invention of the Prussian Blue test, a relatively straightforward way of testing for the presence of cyanide. The poisons we’ll be looking at here are a little different though. The most potent poison on this list is up to 50,000 TIMES more potent than cyanide. Strychnine Strychnine, like most poisons, comes from a plant – Strychnos Nux-Vomica. It causes the muscles to spasm uncontrollably and is known for causing an excruciating death. Due the effect that Strychnine has on muscles, victims often end up with what is called a ‘Rictus Grin’, where the muscles in the face contract to make it look like the affected person is smiling. It’s known as the poison of...
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Last Orders!

Last Orders!

Prisoners on Death Row don’t get to make a lot of decisions, but there’s one big one that comes right before they meet their end – their last meal. We’re going to look at the last meals of some of most NOTORIOUS serial killers in history! Killer clown John Wayne Gacy was sentenced to death for the murder of at least 33 young men. His last meal consisted of a dozen deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe chicken from KFC, French fries, a pound of strawberries, and a bottle of diet Coke. Infamous serial killer Ted Bundy declined to choose and got the traditional last meal - steak cooked medium-rare, eggs over easy, hash browns, toast with butter and jam, milk, and juice. He also refused to eat this. Murderer Aileen Wuornos was a prostitute who murdered seven men in Florida between 1989 – 1990. She was sentenced to death for six of the murders and was executed on 9 October 2002. Wuornos ALSO declined...
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7 CRAZY UK Laws

7 CRAZY UK Laws

We scoured the web and came up with 7 CRAZY UK Laws. We're not entirely sure why all of these exist - but they're worth sharing!! 1. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour. A 1313 Statute Forbidding Bearing of Armour forbids members of Parliament from entering the House while wearing armour or carrying weapons. This weird law stems from a time of intense political turmoil where there was a real worry that people would turn up and start swinging a sword around! 2. It’s considered treason to place a stamp the wrong way up. Placing a postage stamp bearing the monarch’s head upside down on an envelope is considered as act of treason. Also, defacing or destroying anything bearing a likeness of the monarch is illegal, which means damaging notes or coins as well as stamps! 3. It’s illegal to gamble in a library. The Library Offenses Act of 1898 makes it illegal to gamble in a library. The law also prohibits abusive or obscene language. We’re not sure...
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A Slice of History

A Slice of History

I figured we'd talk about a contraption that's a cut above the rest... the guillotine! The guillotine became a popular method of execution during the French Revolution and became an iconic symbol of what was known as the 'Reign of Terror '. Initially it was known as the louisette but was later renamed the guillotine after Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin. Guillotin was a physician who, in 1789, suggested to the National Assembly that capital punishments should always be carried out by decapitation "by means of a simple mechanism". Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin Interestingly though, Guillotin was ANTI death penalty! He loathed the fact that the contraption was named after him. He thought that the guillotine would make it a more swift and painless death than the other (somewhat less successful) methods of execution. The actual inventor of the prototype was a man named Tobias Schmidt working with the king's physician, Antoine Louis. The history of guillotine style machines stretches a long way back before the...
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They love… to KILL!

Thanks to everyone who came to our Date Night at the Museum! Our Curator had a great time telling tales of couples who loved... to KILL. With bubbly and bone chilling crimes, it was an evening not to be missed – the perfect Valentine’s date for all our favourite Bonnie and Clyde’s. Don’t forget it happens every year, so if you missed out, DON’T PANIC! You’ll see our love and death tours again next Valentines… Until then, check out our other KILLER events here! Also on this month, get 20% OFF Mother’s Day entry and see our talk, Mother’s Who KILL! ...
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Screen Screams Part 2

SCREEN SCREAMS! Let’s cross the Channel now to investigate the story of a DARING and charismatic criminal who died in a hail of French Police bullets in 1979. JACQUES MESRINE was a master of disguise who robbed banks, attacked jails to free his friends, captivated the media and even kidnapped a Judge. In May 1978, Mesrine robbed the Deauville Casino. He dropped a .455 CARTRIDGE at the crime scene and we have it HERE in our ‘Cop Killers’ cabinet at The True CRIME Museum. His exploits are sensationally depicted in two gangster flicks, ‘MESRINE – KILLER INSTINCT’ and ‘MESRINE – PUBLIC ENEMY No1’. The celebrity criminal is played by my favourite French actor EVER; -  VINCENT CASSEL, who effortlessly steers Mesrine’s murderous intensity into glib abandon and back again. He spends most of the film throwing hand luggage at beautiful women and shouting, “Pack your shit! QUICKLY! We’re leaving…” (A dating technique I’ve tried myself – with very mixed results.) Both movies play largely to the viewer’s wish-fulfilment and it’s exhilarating to join in...
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