Black Museum was first housed within this first and former
headquarters of the Metropolitan Police situated on the Embankment.
Very few people have ever been allowed to visit and that is for
a very good reason...
Sliding slowly and silently past a wall of exhibits. A terrible
wall. A wall covered from top to bottom with strung ropes and hangmans
nooses, each one a nemesis, a farewell forever, ending the life,
dangling, twisting and choking, of some of Britains most notorious
and well known criminals.
The spectre of the headless nun continues drifting, past a framed
letter from Jack the Ripper written in exquisite copperplate handwriting.
Past the incongruous mundane gas stove on top of which is a very
large and sinister aluminium cooking pot. Past the Kray twins
crossbow mounted on the wall near the glass cabinet containing the
Bulgarian assassins umbrella gun and poison pellet just opposite
the case containing the sad split and battered helmet that once
belonged to a young Horseguards Trooper.
When the building was being constructed in the 1880s and before
the granite that faces the front of this building that had been
quarried by the convicts of Dartmoor Prison was installed in place,
the savagely mutilated remains and effects of an unidentified headless
woman, possibly a nun, were found.
Her ghost immediately haunted the Black Museum once it had opened
perhaps drawn there by the unmistakable miasma of spiritual evil
attached to this massive, ever-growing collection of grisly murder
memorabilia. When the museum moved to New Scotland Yard off Victoria
Street, she moved with it but has been known to make a return appearance
at the scene of her most savage and violent murder. Ever searching
- never finding.