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Archive gives insight into killer

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The file includes letter written by the serial killer from his prison cell

Documents released by the National Archives include the prison file of John George Haigh, one of Britain's most notorious serial killers.

Haigh killed at least six people in the 1940s and dissolved the bodies in acid.

In letters written from his cell, Haigh likened himself to Christ and described feeling the urge to laugh when he heard his own death sentence.

Haigh, who was hanged in 1949, claimed to be a vampire but appeared to have killed to fund his gambling habit.

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