Peter Montgomery wrote:
The following is mostly off topic I guess but this fifty
year-old article from Time magazine does have Eliot and
"Sweeney" built into it. I found it while half-heartily
looking for a real murder case that may have inspired Eliot.
FRANCE: The Quiet Man
Monday, Jan. 27, 1958
Like Eliot's Anyman, Charles Clé, at 61, began to have
mordant thoughts about Félicie Crippa, who had been his
mistress for 13 years. A soap and perfume salesman, Clé
lived with Félicie in a cozy, two-room Paris apartment
just down the street from Père-Lachaise Cemetery. He was
a quiet man, always neatly dressed, always polite to his
neighbors. Félicie was a short, plump, sad-eyed widow
with bobbed greying hair. Eleven months ago she
disappeared. Clé explained, "Félicie has gone to Italy.
Life is much easier there. I will soon join her." But to
occasional callers who rang the bell and asked for her,
Charles Clément was more truthful: "Madame cannot be
disturbed. She is in the bathtub."
More on Clé and more from "Sweeney" follows.