Dr Crippen artefacts among headline lots at JP Humbert

A selection of artefacts relating to Dr Crippen, the American homeopath who allegedly poisoned his wife at their home in London in 1910, will feature in a sale at JP Humbert in Northamptonshire, UK.

Dr Crippen Humbert
Dr Crippen was executed for the murder of his wife in 1910

The archive includes various poison bottles recovered from his practice, alongside a pair of glasses and a pill making machine.

Crippen was caught whilst fleeing to America after the ship's captain recognised him and wired the authorities. This made the first criminal ever caught using the telegram.

The case caused a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic. He was hanged on November 23, 1910.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert commented: "While crime doesn't pay, people are paying large sums of money for crime related items."

The sale will take place on November 19.

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