By 1968, recreational use of the drug and its role in crime – the Lipman case becoming the jewel in the crown – symbolically transformed LSD from a therapeutic medication into an illicit and destructive drug sought out by addicts.
This talk features the first and only LSD murder trial in the U.K., which took place in 1968 following the discovery of the body of a French prostitute in Chelsea, London. The culprit was an American drug user who fled the scene after the murder. He was later extradited back to the UK and sentenced to six years in prison. My talk situates the Lipman murder investigation and ensuing trial within the context of the rising illicit use of LSD in the late 1960s.