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September 2, 1950

The Trial of Hawley Harvey Crippen

JAMA. 1950;144(1):78. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920010080043

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Abstract

Hawley Harvey Crippen received his medical education at the Hospital College of Cleveland in about 1883. After an association with various London hospitals he returned to the United States and received a diploma as an eye and ear specialist from the Ophthalmic Hospital, New York, in 1885. In 1900 he returned to London as a representative of Munyons, a patent medicine business, accompanied by his second wife, a music hall singer. One evening about ten years later, Mrs. Crippen suddenly disappeared and Dr. Crippen was subsequently found guilty of poisoning her with scopolamine hydrobromide (hyoscine), mutilating her body and burying it beneath the cellar floor of their home.

The introduction to this book, containing a narrative account of the background activities of Dr. Crippen and his wife leading up to the time of the trial, makes interesting reading. The record of the trial itself is rather tedious, as any long

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