The Streatham Tragedy - Part 2
“Look!” I said to my wife. “There are two more.” “Two more what?” She said.
“Rubberneckers.” I said.
“They’re not rubberneckers, they’re probably admiring the fuchsias.”
“They’re not looking anywhere near the fuchsias.”
“Well, the window boxes then.”
“Hardly. The window boxes are empty. Look! They’re taking photographs.”
It was only when we read the “The Streatham Tragedy” history article by Mark Bery about the murder of a Streatham family with poisoned champagne in last month’s magazine that the rubber-neckers made sense. There was a picture of our house next to the piece! The friendly charm of our lovingly-restored Victorian home, which we named “The Knowle,” took on the unsettling aspect of something less comforting.
“I told you I wasn’t imagining things.” I said.
“What are we going to do?” said my wife re reading the article over breakfast.
“We could ask Father Peter to do an exorcism.” I said. Then the door-bell rang. On the doorstep stood a tall, respectable-looking man. “I’m Mark Bery” he said, “I’ve been trying to contact you.”
“Come in.” I said. “Can I offer you a glass of something?”
Apologies to Mark and Fiona Crick, owners of "The Knowle," previously named "The Bluff", and then “"Keele Lodge," for publishing the photograph of their house with the article last month. The murders took place in the house next door (then called "The Knowle"), which has since been demolished
Streatham Society history expert, John Brown, told us that Leigham Court Road has seen at least four number changes and one name change in its history, which makes identification of individual houses difficult. He kindly supplied a picture of the right house from the Streatham News of 4th November 1921, but unfortunately its quality is too poor to print.