Portrait of Ethel Le Neve
Ethel Le Neve, Dr Crippen's mistress. Dr Crippen, an American citizen, lived at 39 Hilldrop Cresent, Camden, London. He was accused of murdering his wife when she disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Crippen had told friends that his wife, Belle Elmore had died due to illness, but when first questioned by police he told them she had eloped with a lover. The police returned to Hilldrop Cresent to question Crippen a second time only to discover that he and his mistress, Miss Le Neve had disappeared. Detectives searched around the house and uncovered a headless body in the cellar. A warrant was released for Dr Crippen's arrest. The captain of the ship, the 'Montrose', on which Crippen was travelling in disguise, suspected him and his fellow passenger, Le Neve (dressed as a boy). The captain sent a wireless message to Scotland Yard, telling of his suspicions. The ship was greeted by the police and Dr Crippen and Miss Le Neve were arrested. Crippen was tried for murder and sentenced to death, whilst Miss Le Neve was acquitted and moved to America under a different name.
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The adulterous woman
Jesus, before the adulterous woman, writes on the floor of the church: the one of you is without sin throw the first stone to her. Then he says: go and sin no more. Miniature of 'The Passion of Jesus-Christ.' 15th century.
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Idols by Roy Horniman
Promotional postcard of the Idols by Roy Horniman. From W. J. Lockes novel. First produced in Birmingham on 24th August and at the Garrick 28th September 1908. The Great Trial Scene (Act III). Irene Merriman stands in court to give the accused the alibi which frees him. In fact, he was with a different woman whom he had secretly married. This image is from the Hutchison Company's tour to the Grand Theatre, Southampton, 16th August 1909. Date: circa 1909
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