Supper With the Crippens

Supper With the Crippens The True Story of One of the Most Notorious Murderers of All Time

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Publisher's Synopsis

Edwardian London in 1910, the notorious tale of Dr Crippen and Ethel Le Neve re-investigated by a prizewinning journalist.

'The definitive account of a crime which still intrigues, and to an extent baffles, aficionados of murder' P D James

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781398705593
Publisher: Orion
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 364.1523092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 320g
Height: 131mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 31mm