The Crippen Case
THE TRIAL OF Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen for the murder of his wife on October 18, 1910, was the first case in which wireless telegraphy, then in its infancy for commercial purposes, was used for the arrest of a fugitive criminal. Psychologically it is of special interest.
Crippen was an American doctor, born in Coldwater, Michigan, in 1862. He had married a Polish Jewess who called herself Cora Turner, though her real name was Kunigunde Mackamotski. She aspired to be an operatic singer, though lacking any natural talent, but Crippen paid for her training and for her dresses and jewelry and brought her to London in 1900, where he obtained the post of manager for Munyon's patent medicines. Failing to get an engagement on the opera stage, Mrs. Crippen fell back upon the music-hall stage and failed in that; at her only engagement she was hissed off the stage. She was vain, thriftless, and ill-tempered; she amused herself with other men; but Crippen remained her patient household drudge and bore all her contemptuous reproaches meekly.
In order to keep in with the music-hall society that she loved, Mrs. Crippen accepted the treasurership of the Music-Hall Ladies' Guild--a fact that had for Crippen very disagreeable consequences.
This long-suffering and quiet little man had begun meanwhile to solace himself for his discomfort at home with the