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Crippen by John Boyne
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Jan 30, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historical
Read in January, 2010

Excellent. Apparently the case of Dr. Grippen in England, who was accused, found guilty, and hung in 1910 for the murder of his wife, whose body he had supposedly dismembered and hid in his basement, riveted the public, especially because of the chase over the sea to apprehend him before he could get to Canada. This is a fictionalized account of how the whole thing may have happened. Great writing.

Irony is that now there is a question over whether he was really guilty,DNA now not conclusive that the dead remains were his wife's.

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