|Born||March 9, 1939|
The Bronx, New York City
Tony Grace (15 July 1977–1998, his death)
|Children||Alice Marie Crimmins|
Eddie Crimmins Jr.
Alice Crimmins (born 1939) is an American woman who was charged with killing her two children, 5-year-old Eddie and 4-year-old Alice Marie, known as Missy, who went missing on July 14, 1965. Alice Marie's body was found that day, and Eddie Jr.'s was found five days later. In 1971, she was convicted of murder of her son and manslaughter of her daughter. In November 1977, she was released on parole.
The killing of her children
Her children, Eddie Jr., age 5, and Missy, age 4, disappeared from their garden apartment in Kew Gardens Hills on July 14, 1965. She reported to the police that her children were missing. Some days after that, Missy was found strangled. Later, Eddie was also found dead, but identifying the cause of his death was impossible.
No physical evidence was found which could connect her to the murders. Nevertheless, she was put on trial and found guilty in May 1968.
No evidence could be found tying anyone to the deaths. Crimmins was followed and covertly recorded by the New York Police Department for two years, before finally being charged and going to trial in 1968. She was found guilty and sent to prison, later released on appeal, recharged and found guilty again in 1971, overturned in 1973, reinstated and reincarcerated in 1975. She was paroled in 1977.
In popular culture
- The Alice Crimmins Case by Kenneth Gross
- Ordeal By Trial by George Carpozi Jr.
- The Investigation by Dorothy Uhnak
- Where Are The Children? (book and subsequent 1986 movie) by Mary Higgins Clark
- A Question of Guilt, aired on television 1978
- Landscape of the Body play by John Guare, opened in 1977
- Two Small Bodies play by Neal Bell, opened in 1977
- Two Small Bodies film by Beth B, from 1993
- Investigation Discovery series A Crime to Remember episode, "Go Ask Alice", aired in 2013
- Little Deaths by Emma Flint, 2017 novel, Picador
- Bovsun, Mara (June 26, 2011). "'Sexpot' trial tale: Crimmins custody fight in 1960s ends in death". Daily News.
- Amper, Susan (June 15, 2012). "Did She or Didn't She?: The Case of Alice Crimmins 47 years later". Criminal Element.
- Noe, Denise (2012). "The Alice Crimmins Case". Tru TV.
- Queens Tribune, The Crimmins Affair, Forgotten Queens History. accessed 31 May 2012 Archived 2 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
- O'Shaughnessy, Patrice (June 30, 2011). "From Casey Anthony to Alice Crimmins moms on trial mesmerize". Daily News.
- LaRosa, Paul (July 14, 2011). "Before Casey Anthony, There Was Alice Crimmins..." The Huffington Post.
- Crime Library, The Alice Crimmins Case, accessed 31 May 2012
- "A Crime to Remember: Go Ask Alice" Discovery Communications Retrieved December 3, 2013
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