Alice Crimmins (born March 9, 1939, in the Bronx, New York City) is an American woman who was charged with killing her two children, 5-year-old Eddie Jr. and 4-year-old Alice Marie (known as Missy), both of whom 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.[1] After numerous criminal trials and appeals, Crimmins was convicted of manslaughter for Missy's death.[1]

Alice Crimmins
Born (1939-03-09) March 9, 1939 (age 85)
  • Edmund Crimmins
Tony Grace
(m. 1977; died 1998)
ChildrenAlice Marie Crimmins
Eddie Crimmins Jr.

Killing of her children edit

Crimmins' children, Eddie Jr., age 5, and Missy, age 4, disappeared from their garden apartment in Kew Gardens Hills in the Queens borough of New York City on July 14, 1965. She reported the missing children to the police. Later that day, Missy's strangled body was found. Five days later, Eddie's body was discovered, but authorities were unable to identify the cause of his death.[1]

No evidence could be found tying anyone to the deaths. Crimmins was followed and covertly recorded by the New York Police Department for three years, before finally being charged and going to trial in 1968.[1] She was found guilty of the manslaughter of Missy and sentenced to five to twenty years' imprisonment.[1] This conviction was overturned on appeal, and in 1971 a second trial resulted in Crimmins being convicted of the first-degree murder of Eddie Jr. and the manslaughter of Missy.[1] In 1973 both convictions were overturned, before Crimmins was re-convicted of the manslaughter of Missy in 1973.[1] She was paroled in 1977.[4]

The Casey Anthony trial has been compared by some in the media to the Crimmins trial.[5][6] Under her married name of Alice Grace she lives in Northwest Florida.[7]

In popular culture edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h 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. Archived from the original on 2019-06-29. Retrieved 2013-07-25.
  4. ^ Queens Tribune, The Crimmins Affair, Forgotten Queens History. accessed 31 May 2012 Archived 2 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ O'Shaughnessy, Patrice (June 30, 2011). "From Casey Anthony to Alice Crimmins moms on trial mesmerize". Daily News.
  6. ^ LaRosa, Paul (July 14, 2011). "Before Casey Anthony, There Was Alice Crimmins..." The Huffington Post.
  7. ^ "'Why Can't You Behave?': Revisiting the Case of Alice Crimmins". 16 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Crime Library, The Alice Crimmins Case, accessed 31 May 2012". Archived from the original on 29 June 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  9. ^ "A Crime to Remember: Go Ask Alice" Discovery Communications Archived 2013-11-14 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved December 3, 2013