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Todmorden

March 2024: Crippen, a case of mistaken identity

Event type:
Meeting
Date:
21st March 2024
Time:
14:00
Venue:
Todmorden Community College

Describes how an attractive, adulterous actress turned her mild-mannered professional husband living a genteel suburban life in London into the most reviled criminal of Edwardian England; how an observant sea captain using the latest new radiowave technology of the day started a dramatic transatlantic sea chase culminating in the arrest of the fugitive Dr Crippen by a senior Scotland Yard detective disguised as a river boat pilot.

The talk looks at how modern day DNA analysis and a re-examination of the trial evidence both shed further interesting thoughts on the trial of Dr Crippen and the safety of his conviction.