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Murder Duo Captured on Liner

Poster requesting information leading to the arrest of Dr. Crippen.

Henry George Kendall, Montrose’s captain, noticed that the oddly attired duo he saw on deck looked strangely similar to the “wanted” photos of the infamous couple he had seen in a newspaper. He used the ship’s wireless station to inform authorities back in England that the suspects were likely on his ship. Scotland Yard investigators then rushed to a faster liner—White Star Line’s Laurentic (1908)—to beat the pair to North America.

Crippen and his paramour were arrested on 31 July, just as they were about to disembark in Quebec. Both were tried in London. A jury found Crippen guilty after just 27 minutes of deliberation. He was hanged the following month. Le Neve was acquitted.

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