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Old 03-06-2015, 10:02 PM
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Thankyou, Mayerling. Very interesting, but then the Crippen case is, isn't it? 'Supper with the Crippens' does mention the gunshot heard and that is certainly one explanation for the dismemberment.

Of course, the question of the couple's finances does come into it too, and would certainly have done so if Cora had agreed to a divorce. There was 600 on deposit in a bank but any withdrawals required six months notice. After Cora's death Crippen got ready money only by pawning Cora's jewellery. (His own bank account was overdrawn.)

The Atherstone murder was quite a weird one. In spite of a volatile relationship with his long-term (estranged) girlfriend, Atherstone seems to have been eaten up with jealousy, to the extent of suspecting his own son!

I believe his son didn't recognise him because the older man had a thick 'moustache' of blood covering his lip (and it was badly lighted on the fire escape.) I do think that a potential burglar was sniffing around and unfortunately for the actor, the two met in the dark.
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Of course, the question of the couple's finances does come into it too, and would certainly have done so if Cora had agreed to a divorce. There was 600 on deposit in a bank but any withdrawals required six months notice. After Cora's death Crippen got ready money only by pawning Cora's jewellery. (His own bank account was overdrawn.)
A year after Crippen's execution it was discovered that Ethel had forged slips on Cora's Post Office savings account and on 8 separate occasions over 2 months (April-July 1910) withdrew what would amount to 75,000 in today's money. The Director of Public Prosecutions consulted the Attorney General who decided not to extradite her back to the UK.

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Old 03-07-2015, 01:55 AM
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That's extraordinary, JM. Where would Cora have got large amounts of money from, though? She was very young when she and the doctor married and was certainly no heiress. There's enough to show that she wasn't exactly a leading light in the musical halls.

She had jewellery and furs, of course, but it was always said that, at least earlier in the marriage when Crippen was earning a regular income he was quite a generous husband. The Charing Cross bank, where the 600 was deposited, collapsed later in 1910, I believe.
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Default Calm Crippen. Too calm.

Maybe Hawley Crippen wasn't the main bread winner. If Cora threatened to leave him then she would take not only his source of revenue, but her fortune. Hawley had a string of failed businesses -- and a set of false teeth.
Cora appeared on the stage. How much money she earned from that isn't known. She isn't easy to find in her role as performer. She seems to have worked under at least four monikers including Belle Elmore. By 1909 The Charing Cross bank held 323 solely in Belle Elmore's name, not Cora Crippen. The remainder, 600 in total, they held in a joint account from which either could withdraw interest.
It strikes me as odd that a man who insisted the money was his, as were her jewels etc, was careless in whose name the accounts were opened.
There's a busy man beneath that veneer of calmness he exuded.
I'm just not buying his innocence.
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