Dr Crippen was hanged in 1910 for the murder of Cora his Roman Catholic wife.
He was arrested as he tried to flee the UK for America with his mistress Ethel Le Neve, who had dressed as a young boy for the journey. He was put to death after a sensational trial which captivated the Edwardian public. He had fled with his mistress aboard a ship but was arrested after Scotland Yard detectives stopped the vessel who were using new wireless telegraph technology.
But exactly 100 years since his hanging, Dr Crippen’s family have made a renewed push to have his remains exhumed from his grave at Pentonville jail, north London.
Forensic scientists have tested a DNA sample taken from remains found in the cellar of Dr Crippen’s north London home and discovered that, far from belonging to his missing wife, they were in fact the remains of a man.