Richard Attenborough portrays murderer John Reginald Christie, whose actions led to the hanging of an innocent man and the eventual abolition of capital punishment in Britain. The film picks up in 1944 as Christie coaxes a young lady into his flat, then rapes and strangles her, burying
the body in his back yard. Several years later, Timothy John Evans (Hurt) and wife Beryl (Geeson), along with their baby daughter, move into the building and are charmed by Christie, who claims all sorts of medical and legal knowledge. When Beryl learns she is pregnant, the young couple allows
Christie to perform an abortion. Instead of performing an abortion Christie rapes and murde...