Definition of Dr Crippen from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Dr Crippen

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Hawley Harvey Crippen (1862-1910) a US doctor who came to London in 1896. He fell in love with his secretary Ethel le Neve, murdered his wife and hid her body in the cellar of his house. Crippen and Ethel tried to escape on a ship to New York, with Ethel dressed as a boy, but the captain became suspicious and used the ship's radio to tell the British police. Crippen was hanged for the murder, but Ethel was found not guilty and lived until 1967.