Absolutely fascinating post Rickard. It's a keeper in fact.
Just one problem, I didn't mention Crippen, at least not by name.
t forget the line:
"What about them bones on Epson heath?"
Which always tickled my polymorphus perversity
What about them barfs on Epsom Salts.
I like S.A. It even has a Canuck in it.
Rickard A. Parker wrote:
>Well, Peter mentioned Crippen, we've had Sweeney and a gallon of lysol in
>a bath and now to add to the mixture--Marie Lloyd, written about by TSE.
>You can chalk this one up as another of my weird posts but just this
>evening I serendipitously found a Crippen/Lloyd connection. At Wikipedia:
> Although popular enough to command her own fees, Lloyd backed and
> supported the 1906 strike for better terms by music hall
> performers. She was picketing one theatre when she recognised someone
> trying to enter. Lloyd shouted, "Let her through girls, she'll close
> the music hall faster than we can." The singer was Belle Elmore, later
> murdered by her husband, Dr Crippen.
>And for a Sweeney/Crippen comparison:
> I knew a man once did a girl in
> Any man might do a girl in
> Any man has to, needs to, wants to
> Once in a lifetime, do a girl in.
> Well he kept her there in a bath
> With a gallon of lysol in a bath
> Crippen's trial revealed the startlingly meticulous manner in which he
> had disposed of his wife. After killing her, he professionally removed
> her bones and limbs, which he then burned in the kitchen stove. Her
> organs were dissolved in acid in the bathtub, and her head was placed
> in a handbag and thrown overboard during a day trip to Dieppe.
>Oh, about my subject line (we were talking of perversity, weren't we?):
> CRIPPEN MURDER IS A LENS INTO EDWARDIAN ENGLAND
> Curiously, as reporting on the case evolved, Crippen was transformed
> from a vicious killer to a "mild-mannered little man" whose execution
> was met with some regret. T.S. Eliot appeared at a costume party
> dressed as Crippen, and the American author Raymond Chandler later
> sighed, "You just can't help liking this guy somehow."
>Eliot on Marie Lloyd:
>Crippen murder is a lens into Edwardian England:
> Rick Parker
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