WM Brit Grit starts Monday 1 June with a week of the grittiest British crime films from the past decade. So staying with the theme of all things British and crime, below we have listed 5 real life British crimes and the movies they inspired.
Crime: The English criminal Michael Gordon Peterson (who is more famously known as Charles Bronson) is often referred to as ‚Äòthe most violent prisoner in Britain’. Known as a problem prisoner, his crimes range from robberies to taking people hostage. Although he has never killed anyone, he’s spent more time in jail than most of Britain’s mass murderers
Movie: Bronson (2008) – Starring Tom Hardy
Crime: In August 1963 a gang of thieves held up the Royal Mail’s Travelling Post Office train and stole ¬£2.6 million in cash, equivalent today to ¬£40 million. The robbery has achieved legendary status and is known simply as ‚Äúthe great train robbery‚Äù.
Movie: Robbery (1967) – Directed by Peter Yates
Crime: John Christie was a notorious English serial killer during the 40’s and 50’s and is known to have murdered at least eight women – including his wife. The women were strangled in his apartment at 10 Rillington Place in London’s Notting Hill.
Movie: 10 Rillington Place (1971) – Starring Richard Attenborough
Crime: Claus von B√ºlow is a British socialite accused of the attempted murder of his wife by administering an insulin overdose which left her in a permanent vegetative state. Despite being convicted in his first trial, this was eventually reversed and he was found not guilty.
Movie: Reversal of Fortune (1990) – Starring Jeremy Irons
Crime: Jack the Ripper is the infamous name given to an unidentified serial killer that was active in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. The killer was known for cutting the throats and mutilating the abdominals of various prostitutes.
Movie: Numerous movies have been inspired by Jack the Ripper, our top picks – From Hell (2001) – Starring Johnny Depp and Jack the Ripper (1988) – Starring Michael Caine