Wax Museum: statues of notorious criminals unknown and their horrific crime stories

  • Tim Stokes
  • BBC News

Statue of George Joseph Smith, a.k.a. the Puppet Killer, in the bathroom (right) with other criminals

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Statue of George Joseph Smith, a.k.a. the Puppet Killer, in the bathroom (right) with other criminals

Interest in true crime stories seems to be greater today than ever before, but in fact the popular fascination with horrific crime stories is very old, perhaps as old as the art of storytelling itself.

Madame Tussauds, the founder of the famous Wax Museum in London, realized the attraction of evil and the stories of hardened criminals, which prompted her to dedicate a special section in her museum called the “Horror Room” in which the perpetrators of the most terrible crimes were immortalized in wax statues.

However, the hall, which has always been popular with visitors to the museum, was closed six years ago, only to be reopened recently after the completion of maintenance work on its contents.

The “room of terror” includes wax statues of famous figures in the world of evil and crime such as Adolf Hitler and Charles Manson, who is responsible for a series of murders committed in the seventies in California, including the murder of actress Sharon Tate.

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