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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Dr Crippen's bed.

Tableau wax figures of Dr Crippen, Mrs Crippen and Ethel Le Neve and Dr Crippen's bedstead, which was sold at auction along with other effects to pay his court costs.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Cora Crippen

Newspaper clipping dated Saturday 20th May 1899.

November 1898, Dr. Crippen arrived in Liverpool from New York aboard the Campania.
Cora Crippen registered her name as Corinne Turner on her marriage certificate to Dr Crippen.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Cora Crippen's father,

Cora Crippen's father, Joseph 'Mackomacke' adverting in the The Brooklyn City and business directory for the year ending Mayst 1875. Her grandfather was also a nail-smith.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Friday, 1 June 2018

The mild, polite, Dr Crippen!

'We knew him as a worthless ne'er-do-well who forced his wife to keep two roomers, take in sewing, and scrimp and save generally to keep him going without the necessity of his working.'
Not how we usually think of the mild, polite, Dr Crippen!

Friday, 25 May 2018

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Dr Crippen is finished.

Completed book on Crippen. Enjoyed the research. Just one niggling nugget remains: Dr Crippen had lived in Goldfield, Nevada, prior to going to London and in the famous gold camp had mining property. There he was accused of killing his partner, but a friendly jury freed him.
Only one source for this so it's likely the article is at best embroidered. Dr Crippen was still resident in Salt Lake, May 1892. So if he met and married Cora in New York it was a hurricane romance! and a lie. Just one more curiosity, where was Myron, Dr Crippen's father in 1891? Ardessa lived on her own at Salt Lake and made a living dressmaking. Where was Myron?
Two irritating nuggets ... I'll keep digging - can always add the information later if I do publish now.

Friday, 18 May 2018

The juvenile Hawley Crippen

I have found an early photograph of the juvenile Hawley Crippen - minus glasses but with a squint. I intended to post it here but I've decided to include it in my book - along with the image of Belle Elmore on stage when she was eighteen. This leaves me with just two pictures, which seems rather meagre. The book either includes a wealth of images or it doesn't.
I'll insert Ethel le Neve's landlady,Mrs Jackson - a photograph sent to me from her ancestor - thank you.
Six is the target, but finding that number of original images will be as much a struggle as writing the book.