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Supper with the Crippens Paperback – 14 Jun 2006
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Edwardian London in 1910, the notorious tale of Dr Crippen and Ethel Le Neve re-investigated by a prizewinning journalist.
At a time when Edwardian Britain seemed a golden place, basking in its imperial glory, Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen and his wife Belle lived among the suburban villas of North London, renting a house at 39 Hilldrop Crescent. After supper on 31 January 1910, their friends went home and Crippen killed Belle with poison, dismembered her body and buried some of her remains beneath the brick floor of the coal cellar. Crippen never admitted killing his wife and took the secrets of the crime with him when he was hanged, following his conviction for murder. It is assumed that Crippen killed for the love of his mistress, Ethel le Neve. They began living together as man and wife, but under intense suspicion they fled disguised as father and son. The chase - indeed everything about the murder - was reported in fine detail, in Britain, in America and the rest of the western world. Crippen was finally arrested and with Ethel was brought back to England for trial. David James Smith has investigated afresh this celebrated murder case, and his researches have uncovered unexpected and startling information about 'Chamber of Horrors' stalwart Dr Crippen, Belle and Ethel.See all Product description
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Perhaps I was mistaken in thinking that this book would shed new evidence on the crime or even allege a miscarriage of justice.
As it is however, it is a journaleezy, by numbers, account of the Pooteresque life of Crippen with lots of "he must have"s and "he probably"s. Right down to a rather sleazy voyeuristic speculation that Crippen's lover dressed as a man during the escape must have been a sexual turn-on for Doc Crip. Calling all "Sun" readers!!
The social background of this disappeared world is reasonably enlightening but the murder itself, the actual mechanics of what occurred are missing. His wife was there one night and then resurfaced under the floorboards.
Disappointing if you, like me, savour a salacious account of the murder itself. And if you tut tut me then you're a liar!
Anyway, expect nothing new. Just an atmospheric hedunnit with some interesting post-murder information that is rather unique in these kind of books, i.e. what happened the cast of characters afterwards.
Or perhaps the crime itself just wasn't that interesting.
Something about the name "Crippen" I reckon has given this murder longevity. It just sounds evil!!!
I suppose the difficulty with a book like this you know the facts and the outcome, so any new or information from a different angle is interesting, so I felt David James Smith did supply new information which makes this book worth reading if you are only an amateur sleuth detective, and are only aware of the headlines and the potted history. The real historical fact is the fact that Dr Crippen was caught by Marconigram revolutionary in 1910.
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