Dr. Crippen Fact Sheet: Who was Dr
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Dr. Crippen Fact File:
Lifespan: 1862 - 1910*** Full Name:
Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen *** Occupation:
American Homeopath *** Date of Birth: Dr
Crippen was born on September 11th 1862 ***
Place of Birth: Dr Crippen was born in
Coldwater, Michigan, United States ***
Family background: His father was Myron
Augustus Crippen and his mother was Andresse
Skinner. His father had been a merchant ***
Early life and childhood: He grew up in
Michigan *** Education: Dr Crippen attended
Cleveland Homeopathic Medical College ***
Dr. Crippen Fact 1: Dr
Crippen was born on September 11th 1862 and
during the 19th century period in history
when significant developments were made in
biology, science, physics, medicine and
Dr. Crippen Fact 2: Crippen
had married and had a child, Hawley Otto.
His wife Charlotte, however, died of stroke
leaving the care of the only son to his
Dr. Crippen Fact 3: Unable to
care for his son and work as well, Crippen
entrusted the care of his son to his parents
who lived in California.
Dr. Crippen Fact 4: Crippen
qualified as a homeopath and having moved to
New York began to practice there.
Dr. Crippen Fact 5: It was in
New York that he met Corrine “Cora” Turner.
Born to a Polish-Russian father and a German
mother her real name was Kunigunde
Mackamotski. As a singer who was trying to
make a name for herself on the music hall
circuit as a singer she went by the name of
Belle Elemore. She often, frequently and
quite opening had many affairs.
Dr. Crippen Fact 6: In 1894
Cora and Hawley Crippen were married.
Dr. Crippen Fact 7: That same
year Crippen began working for Dr Munyon’s
which was a homeopathic pharmaceutical
Dr. Crippen Fact 8: Crippen
and Cora made the move to England in 1897
but unfortunately Crippen’s medical
credential were not sufficient for him to
continue his practice in homeopathic
medicine and he was forced to seek
employment as a patent medicines distributor
while Cora found friendship with Lil
Hawthorne and her husband/manager, John.
Dr. Crippen Fact 9: As a
result of his very hands on management of
his own wife’s career, Crippen was let go
from his employment with Munyon’s and the
couple were forced to take in lodgers to
help supplement their income.
Dr. Crippen Fact 10: Crippen
did manage to find further employment as a
manager for Drouet’s Institution for the
Deaf and here he met a young typist called
Ethel Le Neve.
Dr. Crippen Fact 11: Crippen
would soon discover his wife having an
affair with one of their lodgers, by know
they were living in Hilldrop Crescent, on
the Camden Road, in Holloway, London. In a
fit of revenge Crippen took up with Ethel
and began his own affair.
Dr. Crippen Fact 12: In
January of 1910 after a party held in their
home Cora vanished. Upon being questioned
about his wife’s whereabouts, Crippen
claimed she had returned to the United
States. Later, he would also claim that
she’d died and her body had been cremated.
Dr. Crippen Fact 13: In the
meantime, Ethel took up residents in his
home and even began wearing Cora’s clothes
Dr. Crippen Fact 14: At the
instigation of Kate Williams, a friend of
Cora’s, a police investigation took place
but nothing untoward was discovered. At this
point Crippen did acknowledge that he had
lied about Cora’s having died in order to
cover up the fact that she had actually left
the country to return to America with
another man and it was not something that
Crippen wanted known publically.
Dr. Crippen Fact 15: Unbeknownst to Crippen his story was
believed but both he and Ethel fled to
Brussels where they booked passage on a ship
bound for Canada.
Dr. Crippen Fact 16: It was
only after the police realized he had
disappeared himself that they instigated
several more thorough searches of his home
and found the remains of a body buried in
the basement under the brickwork. Only the
abdomen was recovered a skin sample from
that proved it was human. The rest of the
body remained unrecovered.
Dr. Crippen Fact 17: While
this was going on in London, Crippen and
Ethel were crossing the Atlantic with Ethel
posing as a boy on board the SS Montrose.
The authorities were tipped off as Crippen
and Ethel were recognized by the captain
himself and before they were out of
transmitter range the captain had a message
relayed to Chief Inspector Dew who boarded
the next, faster, liner, SS Laurentic,
headed for Canada.
Dr. Crippen Fact 18: As the
Montrose was entering St Lawrence River Dew
boarded her under the guise of a pilot. As
Canada was a British dominion he was within
the law to arrest Crippen. If Crippen had
boarded ship for the United States
extradition proceedings would have taken
many months to organize. Instead he was
transported straight back the England.
Dr. Crippen Fact 19: The pair
were tried separately at the Old Bailey,
Crippen on the charge of murder and Ethel Le
Neve tried for accessory after the fact.
Ethel was found not guilty and Crippen was
found guilty and sentenced to hang.
Dr. Crippen Fact 20: On the
morning of November 23rd 1910 Dr Hawley
Harvey Crippen was hanged until he was dead.
On the morning of his execution Ethel set
sail for American. His body was buried in
the grounds of Pentonville Prison where he
Influence and Legacy: There
would appear to be differing opinions as to
whether or not Crippen was actually guilty.
There is some suggestion that the gender of
the corpse found was actually male and not
female as well as a recent DNA test carried
out that showed no familial match with
alleged members of her family. There is no
conclusive evidence either way.
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