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Hawley H. Crippen

Ancestry of Dr.
Hawley H. Crippen

Murderer in Erik Larson's “Thunderstruck”


Who was Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen?

Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen was an American physician hanged for the London murder of his wife Cora Henrietta Turner (aka the actress Belle Elmore). Crippen is said to be Britain's second most infamous criminal after Jack the Ripper and the first suspect captured with the aid of wireless telegraphy when he and his mistress, who was disguised as a boy, fled by ship across the Atlantic from England to Canada. The ship's Captain recognized the fugitives and wired the British authorities before they were out of range. The British authorities then sent a messenger on a faster ship to notify Canadian authorities who apprehended the pair. Unknown to the pair of fugitives, the trans-Atlantic chase was followed by millions of people via the newspapers. Crippen is the main subject of author Erik Larson's book Thunderstruck.

Famous Kin

Dr. Crippen was a descendant of Mayflower passenger Edward Fuller. A few infamous kin in his family tree include American Revolution traitor Benedict Arnold, Mayflower madame Sydney Biddle Barrows, and President Reagan's would-be assassin John Hinckley, Jr. He also had a few U. S. Presidents in his family tree including Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and both Presidents Bush.

Celebrity kin of Dr. Crippen include actress Kyra Sedgwick, radio and TV host Dick Clark, actress Shirley Temple, singer and songwriter Harry Chapin, actor Clint Eastwood, and a number of others. Other notable kin include Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith, poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney, poet Oliver Wendell Holmes, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, and astronaut Alan Shepard.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Dr. Hawley H. Crippen

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

8th cousin
via Thomas Hawley

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Lucia Chase

Co-Founder, American Ballet Theatre

9th cousin
via Robert Fuller

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Fergie

Singer, Songwriter and Actress

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Thomas Wheeler

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Michael Bennet

U.S. Senator from Colorado

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Moses Rowley

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Fergie

Singer, Songwriter and Actress

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Robert Fuller

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Gretchen Mol

TV and Movie Actress

8th cousin 3 times removed
via Rev. John Lothrop

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Gretchen Mol

TV and Movie Actress

8th cousin 4 times removed
via Thomas Lord

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Dr. Jill Biden

First Lady of President Joseph Biden

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Jared Spencer

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Post Malone

American Rapper

8th cousin 6 times removed
via Thomas Lord

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Louis Auchincloss

Author

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Lord

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Morrison Waite

7th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

5th cousin 2 times removed
via William Lord

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Richard Gere

Movie Actor

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Robert Fuller

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John Wayne

Movie Actor

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Robert Fuller

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Samuel Fuller

(c1580 - 1633)
Mayflower passenger 1620

7th great-granduncle
via Robert Fuller

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Sir Winston Churchill

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

9th cousin
via Robert Fuller

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Pete Buttigieg

19th U.S. Secretary of Transportation

9th cousin 4 times removed
via Robert Fuller

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Thomas Wheeler, Sr.

(c1591 - 1654)
Great Migration Immigrant 1640

8th great-grandfather

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Thomas Wheeler, Jr.

(c1620 - 1676)
Great Migration Immigrant 1640

8th great-granduncle
via Thomas Wheeler

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Cecil B. DeMille

American Film Director

8th cousin
via Rev. John Lothrop

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Francis Emroy Warren

1st Governor of Wyoming

6th cousin 2 times removed
via Jared Spencer

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Michael Spencer

(c1611 - c1653)
Great Migration Immigrant 1634

7th great-granduncle
via Gerard Spencer

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William Spencer

(c1601 - c1640)
Great Migration Immigrant 1631

7th great-granduncle
via Gerard Spencer

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Jared Spencer

(c1614 - unk)
Great Migration Immigrant 1634

7th great-grandfather

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William Palmer

(c1581 - c1637)
Fortune passenger 1621

8th great-grandfather

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Jonathan Bush

Co-founder and CEO of athenahealth

8th cousin 4 times removed
via Rev. John Lothrop

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