Alice Crimmins

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Alice Crimmins
Born (1939-03-09) March 9, 1939 (age 79)
The Bronx, New York City
Spouse(s)Edmund Crimmins
Tony Grace (15 July 1977–1998, his death)
ChildrenAlice 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.[1][2][3] 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.[4]

The killing of her children[edit]

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.[4]

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.[1] 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.[1] She was paroled in 1977.[5]

The Crimmins trial has been compared by some in the media to the Casey Anthony trial.[6][7]

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Bovsun, Mara (June 26, 2011). "'Sexpot' trial tale: Crimmins custody fight in 1960s ends in death". Daily News.
  2. ^ Amper, Susan (June 15, 2012). "Did She or Didn't She?: The Case of Alice Crimmins 47 years later". Criminal Element.
  3. ^ Noe, Denise (2012). "The Alice Crimmins Case". Tru TV.
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  5. ^ Queens Tribune, The Crimmins Affair, Forgotten Queens History. accessed 31 May 2012 Archived 2 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ O'Shaughnessy, Patrice (June 30, 2011). "From Casey Anthony to Alice Crimmins moms on trial mesmerize". Daily News.
  7. ^ LaRosa, Paul (July 14, 2011). "Before Casey Anthony, There Was Alice Crimmins..." The Huffington Post.
  8. ^ Crime Library, The Alice Crimmins Case, accessed 31 May 2012
  9. ^ "A Crime to Remember: Go Ask Alice" Discovery Communications Retrieved December 3, 2013