In 1910 Chief Inspector Walter Dew became the most famous detective in the world after a transatlantic chase resulted in him capturing the American murderer Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen. This was the first time that wireless telegraphy had resulted in the arrest of a murderer and it was Dew's final investigation for Scotland Yard. After retiring from the Metropolitan Police and working as a private detective Dew began to write and in 1938 his autobiography I CAUGHT CRIPPEN was published. It subsequently became an important work for crime historians and has long been out-of-print. Dew's accounts of the Crippen case and his futile hunt for Jack the Ripper are the lengthiest ever written by a police officer closely involved in the investigations. The latter part of I CAUGHT CRIPPEN deals with a variety of other cases that Dew worked on, including the arrest of the international jewel thief Harry the Valet. THE ANNOTATED I CAUGHT CRIPPEN makes this classic work available again. It contains a full transcription of the original text, annotated with footnotes including additional material from a newspaper serialisation of Dew's memoirs that has never appeared in a book before. It also features appendices of Dew's other writings and articles written about the celebrated detective during his lifetime.
About the Author
Nicholas Connell has written extensively on Walter Dew and Dr. Crippen, including Walter Dew: The Man Who Caught Crippen and Doctor Crippen: The Infamous London Cellar Murder of 1910. He is also author (with Stewart P. Evans) of The Man Who Hunted Jack the Ripper: Edmund Reid-Victorian Detective.