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** We twice see Christie's victims have this reaction when he's drugging them and they realize too late that something sinister us happening.

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** We twice see Christie's victims have this reaction when he's drugging them and they realize too late that something sinister us is happening.



* TooDumbToLive: Tim trusts Christie and ends up with a dead wife, daughter, and on death row. He also leaves his infant daughter in the Christies care, leading to her death.

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* TooDumbToLive: Tim trusts Christie and ends up with a dead wife, daughter, and on death row. He also leaves his infant daughter in the Christies Christie's care, leading to her death.


* DomesticAbuse / DomesticAbuser: Tim Evans gets violent when his wife pisses him off.

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* DomesticAbuse / DomesticAbuser: DomesticAbuse: Tim Evans gets violent when his wife pisses him off.


* WouldHurtAChild: Christie kills Geraldine.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Christie kills Geraldine.Geraldine.
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* BittersweetEnding: Christie is finally caught and brought to justice for his crimes at the end of the film. But since Tim's long since been executed and Christie's managed to kill several other people in the interim, it's difficult to view it as a happy ending.


* CassandraTruth: No one believes Tim by the time he finally admits what really happened, nor the multiple times he insists that "Christie did it!"

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* CassandraTruth: No one believes Tim by the time he finally admits what really happened, nor the multiple times he insists that "Christie did done it!"


* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Tim clearly thinks this, given his anger when he learns of Beryl's plan, even though he's just as upset about her pregnancy in the first place. * GoryDiscretionShot: We are mercifully spared the sight of Christie killing Geraldine, only seeing him go upstairs with a length of rope.

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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Tim clearly thinks this, given his anger when he learns of Beryl's plan, even though he's just as upset about her pregnancy in the first place.
* GoryDiscretionShot: We are mercifully spared the sight of Christie killing Geraldine, only seeing him go upstairs with a length of rope.


* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Tim clearly thinks this, given his anger when he learns of Beryl's plan, even though he's just as upset about her pregnancy in the first place. Averted with Beryl herself, who is seeking one as they can't afford another baby.
* GoryDiscretionShot: We are mercifully spared the sight of Christie killing Geraldine, only seeing him go upstairs with a length of rope.

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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Tim clearly thinks this, given his anger when he learns of Beryl's plan, even though he's just as upset about her pregnancy in the first place. Averted with Beryl herself, who is seeking one as they can't afford another baby.
* GoryDiscretionShot: We are mercifully spared the sight of Christie killing Geraldine, only seeing him go upstairs with a length of rope.


* HopeSpot: Beryl manages to get the mask off. . .Christie knocks her unconscious before she can scream or break free.

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* HopeSpot: Beryl manages to get the mask off. . .off... but Christie knocks her unconscious before she can scream or break free.


* AssholeVictim: depending on how you feel about abortion, Beryl could count.

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* AssholeVictim: depending Depending on how you feel about abortion, Beryl could count.


* AssholeVictim: depending on how you feel about abortion, Beryl could count.



* BackAlleyDoctor: Actually, Christie isn't one, not even a back-alley version. But he pretends to be one to lure victims into his clutches. He convinces one woman that he can fix her chronic cough, he convinces poor Beryl that he can give her an abortion, and he convinces another woman that he can cure her migraines.

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* BackAlleyDoctor: Actually, Christie isn't one, not even a back-alley version. But he pretends to be one to lure victims into his clutches. He convinces one woman that he can fix her chronic cough, he convinces poor Beryl that he can give her an abortion, and he convinces another woman that he can cure her migraines.



* DomesticAbuse / DomesticAbuser: Tim Evans gets violent when his wife pisses him off.
** Christie's wife Ethel becomes one of his victims.

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* DomesticAbuse / DomesticAbuser: Tim Evans gets violent when his wife pisses him off.
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Christie's wife Ethel becomes one of his victims.



* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Tim clearly thinks this, given his anger when he learns of Beryl's plan, even though he's just as upset about her pregnancy in the first place. Averted with Beryl herself, who is seeking one as they can't afford another baby.

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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Tim clearly thinks this, given his anger when he learns of Beryl's plan, even though he's just as upset about her pregnancy in the first place. Averted with Beryl herself, who is seeking one as they can't afford another baby.


* OhCrap: We twice see Christie's victims have this reaction when he's drugging them and they realize too late that something sinister us happening.

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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We twice see Christie's victims have this reaction when he's drugging them and they realize too late that something sinister us happening.happening.
** Christie himself a few times, most notably when he looks out the window and sees the police opening the manhole cover.

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* ConsummateLiar: The one trait Christie and Evans have in common, but leading to drastically different results.


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* ManipulativeBastard: On top of everything else, Christie is very shameless in the way he gains other people's trust, sympathy, or uses guilt trips to get them to do what he wants.


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* TheSociopath: Christie was a particularly frightening RealLife example.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Christie is very calm and mild-mannered. This was TruthInTelevision and Richard Attenborough does a good job with this in his portrayal.


** Christie's wife Ethel becomes one of his victims.



* TooDumbToLive: Tim trusts Christie and ends up with a dead wife, daughter, and on death row. He also leaves his infant daughter in the Christie's care, leading to her death.

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* TooDumbToLive: Tim trusts Christie and ends up with a dead wife, daughter, and on death row. He also leaves his infant daughter in the Christie's Christies care, leading to her death.death.
** Despite knowing that her husband's a killer and clearly being afraid of him, Ethel doesn't leave him. . . and ends up as one of his victims.

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* BlatantLies: Christie relentlessly perjures himself during Tim's trial.
* CassandraTruth: No one believes Tim by the time he finally admits what really happened, nor the multiple times he insists that "Christie did it!"
* CrocodileTears: Christie at Tim's trial after he's convicted and sentenced to death. He also pretends to be saddened and devastated by Beryl's death and Tim's supposed murder of Geraldine.
* DeathOfAChild: Geraldine becomes one of Christie's victims.
* DisposingOfABody: Christie does this several times.


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* FinallyFoundTheBody: New tenants moving in to the building find the remains of several of Christie's victims.
* {{Frameup}}: Christie strangles Geraldine with Tim's tie in order to make him look responsible.


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* GoryDiscretionShot: We are mercifully spared the sight of Christie killing Geraldine, only seeing him go upstairs with a length of rope.
* HopeSpot: Beryl manages to get the mask off. . .Christie knocks her unconscious before she can scream or break free.
* ILoveTheDead: Christie rapes his victims after rendering them unconscious.
* ImperiledInPregnancy: That she's pregnant does not deter Christie from killing Beryl. If anything, he seems quite pleased that her situation has given him this opportunity.
* InMediasRes: The film opens with Christie murdering a woman. His practiced demeanor and the fact that we get a glimpse of the remains of another victim make it clear that he's been at this for sometime.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: How Christie conceals his murder of Beryl. Even worse, he gets poor Tim convinced that he's just as responsible.


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* NotHelpingYourCase: Tim's numerous lies about what happened to Beryl shoot him in the foot when he tries to claim that he didn't kill her.
* OhCrap: We twice see Christie's victims have this reaction when he's drugging them and they realize too late that something sinister us happening.
* PetTheDog: Tim is an abusive drunk, but is genuinely devastated by Beryl's death, and clearly adores his daughter.


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* TooDumbToLive: Tim trusts Christie and ends up with a dead wife, daughter, and on death row. He also leaves his infant daughter in the Christie's care, leading to her death.

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