What is described as the OJ Simpsons case of 1910, Dr. Crippen was accused of poisoning and dismembering his wife which left the media in a frenzy, and it seemed most of the world focused in on this case. Only two decades had passed since Jack the Ripper had killed and dismembered women and the public were wondering if the Ripper himself was back for more killings.
Authorities originally had cleared Dr. Crippen of the murder but after another few searches of his home they found body parts in the house, some buried under the brick. By this time Dr. Crippen had fled to Belgium where he was hoping on a ship bound for Canada. The Captain of the ship, Captain Henry George Kendall, recognized Dr. Crippen and had a wireless telegraph sent back to London “Have strong suspicions that Crippen London cellar murderer and accomplice are among saloon passengers. Mustache taken off growing beard. Accomplice dressed as boy. Manner and build undoubtedly a girl.” This first use of wireless radio technology to catch a criminal made history. Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Walter Dew received the wireless telegraph and got on a faster ship to Canada and boarded Dr. Crippens ship as it arrived and arrested him on sight.
Dr. Crippen was brought back to London and hung for his crime of murder against his 2nd wife, Cora Turner.
Here’s where we take a journey into Mystery History.
Nearly 100 years later the University of Michigan in 2007 did forensics on the DNA sample obtained by Scotland Yard in 1910 and reported that it is actually male DNA and it does not match any living relatives or Cora Turner. Reports suggest that the DNA and body parts found in 1910 were actually of Cora Turners lover Bruce Miller who had come up missing also.
Was Dr. Crippen actually a serial killer or was his wife’s death an accident? She or Bruce Miller were never heard of and because Dr. Crippen went to trial and punished to death for his crimes we may never know.