The title of this poem should rightly be The Ballad Of John Reginald Halliday Christie (1899-1953); sometime after publishing it I checked the relevant documents at the Public Record Office. Christie’s criminal record gives his date of birth as April 8, 1898, but his birth certificate (which is obviously to be trusted) gives it as April 8, 1899, at Blackboy House, Halifax.
The full story of how I came to write this poem can be found in my short story The Wrong Blonde Bitch
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