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Stephen Richards

Crime Through Time: The Black Museum

Crime Through Time: The Black Museum
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Published by Mirage Publishing
April 1, 2003
ISBN: 1902578171
This book was written in what is called 'Live Writing', warts and all, the author makes no apologies for subliminal meanings. Andy Jones is the founder owner and curator of the notorious black museum - Crime Through Time. The museum opened in July 1998…in a frenzy of publicity! The museum has since become one of the country’s main tourist attractions - located in the town of Newent, Gloucestershire - despite being shamefully boycotted and shunned by tourism chiefs. Andy is a fountain of knowledge; numerous TV researchers seeking out the latest news on scandal regularly ask for his expert comments. Having started out with a crime memorabilia collection that became too large to house in his home, Andy bought Nicholson House, a former police station and magistrates’ court building. The museum has often been a subject of controversy and over the years Andy has fought planning constraints that regularly became interesting and bizarre news features…after all, not many museums have a guillotine and hanging body cages on open display in their garden! The wide and varied collection on display in the museum reflects much of Andy’s own background. Boots and personal items, once belonging to punk rock idol Sid Vicious, on display reveal a little of Andy’s past…in his younger days he played in punk rock band ‘Kiss The Blade’. The Holocaust display has been secured by virtue of Andy travelling the world in search of such gruesome displays as human skin lampshades, once prized by an evil Nazi death camp nurse! The museum has one of the most impressive hard-hitting no hold’s barred Holocaust displays in the world, which gives rise to the ever-increasing popularity of the museum. Andy’s contacts within the crime memorabilia world are extensive, but what is even more interesting is the fact that he has become a confidante and is on first name terms with many of the world’s more, so say, notorious figures. Regularly communicating with the likes of UK prisoner Charles Bronson has loaned credibility to the collection on display relating to gangland characters. Respected and legendary underworld figures, including Joe Pyle, Roy Shaw, Dave Courtney, Kray gang members and associates, regularly donate crime related memorabilia, which adds dimension and ensures the museum is up to date on current topical issues.
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