Alice Crimmins / The Susan Smith of Her Generation

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Alice Crimmins
Alice Crimmins

Alice Crimmins

Born: 03-09-1939

Medea of Kew Gardens

American Murderer

Crime Spree: July 14, 1965


The name Alice Crimmins isn’t that well known today, but almost 47 years ago, in 1965, Alice was the talk of the town. She was vilified as the Susan Smith of her generation. Her children, Eddie Jr., age 5, and Alice Marie (called Missy), age 4, vanished from their garden apartment in Kew Gardens Hills at 150-22 72 Drive on July 14, 1965, victims of an alleged kidnapping.

Both children disappeared from their bedroom in their mother’s apartment sometime during the night. The next day, Missy’s body was found on a vacant lot. Five days later, Eddie’s body was found on an embankment overlooking the Van Wyck Expressway. Missy had been strangled, but the manner of Eddie’s death could not be determined.

Alice became the main person of interest and the town gossip was not so much about the children or what happened to them but more about Alice herself.

Alice Crimmins

Now, Alice Crimmins was once very much in love with her handsome husband, Edmund. But he worked long hours, started drinking, developed a paunch and double chin and was no longer interested in quality time with his wife. So, Alice being Alice, and very much in need of the attentions, started seeing other men.

Alice was an attractive, flashy woman with a bit of flare. She had over teased hair, deep black eyeliner and lipstick that couldn’t be missed. She turned to a promiscuous lifestyle of bar-hopping and man chasing. She wore tight fitting clothes and lacked concern for what anyone might think. She left her husband and sought to find her own way. The gossip pool went crazy on her. Harper Valley PTA kind of stuff.

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The Alice Crimmins Case

The Alice Crimmins Case is the story of a young mother in 1965 whose children, ages 5 and 4, disappeared from their home through an alleged kidnapping. Alice, a bit of a wild child for the times, was instantly the person of interest, put on trial just as much for her looks and actions as for the murders of her kids.

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Was Alice Crimmins Guilty of Murder

Alice Crimmins was arrested for the murders of her children. Although there was never a shred of physical evidence to connect her to the murders, she was put on trial and found guilty in May of 1968. She was tried twice for Missy’s murder, after winning an appeal on her first conviction, but was ultimately convicted of manslaughter.

She was convicted of first degree murder in her son Eddie’s death, but the verdict was once again overturned on appeal.

Then high-profile attorney, Herbert Lyon, took on the case and Alice Crimmins was released 24 days after the conviction, remaining free for three years, until a second trial in 1971. She was convicted then too and once again imprisoned.

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Watch the 1978 TV-movie based on the real-life case of Alice Crimmins.

Credit/Pope of Cinemascope

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Crimmins was paroled in November of 1977. She married her long-time millionaire boyfriend, Anthony Grace, and moved away to Boca Raton, Florida to live in anonymity. However, since his death there have been sightings of her back in Queens and on Long Island.

Despite the conviction, the deaths of her children remain, for many, one of the most puzzling of Queens’ unsolved mysteries.

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