Singer Buried in the Cellar


A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty…

The True Crime of Hawley Harvey Crippen

This episode crosses the Atlantic Ocean a couple of times as the little American Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen flees his London practice with a young stenographer at his side and the body of his wife left buried in the cellar of their posh home. This case has has historical significance in that it was the first time the wireless telegraph was used in tracking a fugitive from justice across the sea.

Recent investigations into the case present a theory that the body in the cellar was not that of Belle Elmore, but of a man, throwing Crippen’s guilt into doubt. I have my own doubts about it all, but you can READ ABOUT IT HERE and make up your own mind.

Theme Music by Dave Sams

Research Assistance by Anna Priestland