dub Brighton “the Queen of Slaughtering Places”.
But the most chilling deaths occurred in another seaside resort further along the coast in sedate Eastbourne, where Doctor John Bodkin Adams arrived in 1921, having bought into a general practice with a £2,000 overdraft secured by a life insurance policy. He quickly established himself; he was a good listener and thought nothing of going to see patients in the middle of the night. His Northern Irish brogue enhanced his bedside manner, especially with wealthy female patients, of whom
there was no shortage in Eastbourne.
Adams was a devout Christian, raised by a member of the Plymouth Brethren. Prayers were said at home and he would lay hands on patients and pray with them too. He would leave religious tracts and Biblical quotations in sickrooms. He helped organise The Crusaders, a religious club for boys on Sundays, and was active in the YMCA. He took an interest in photography and began to shoot regularly, winning competitions; he was a member of the British clay pigeon team at the Tokyo Olympics in 1966.
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