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THE ALICE CRIMMINS CASE Eddie Have you got the kids No Eddie dont play games with me I dont have them He replied Eddie Dont fool around Do you have them She had begun the conversation in anger but now her voice had risen to fear Dont do this to me Eddie Their not here Alice He said Eddie please dont do this to me She was pleading There not here Alice Eddie their missing Gross 8 It was Peyton Place come to the big town The tale was murder the star was a curvy aburn-tressed cocktail waitress charged with killing her four year old daughter To millions of New Yorkers Alice Crimmins was a tramp responsible for an unspeakable crime What Alice Crimmins really was a victim of what one of her lawyers called trial by innuendo a woman persecuted for her defiant anger at a justice system more concerned with her social behavior than solving the murder of her children It was Wensday July 14 1965 Lyndon Johnson had just announced that the United States was taking a decisive step into Vietnam but another shadow had captured the headlines Adlai Stevenson had fallen dead of a heart attack on a London street corner and his picture taken moments before he was stricken gave a final weak smile to the publicGross 7 On the morning of July 14 1965 Edmund Crimmins reported that his two children were missing from a queens apartment where they lived with his estranged wife Alice Police searched the neighborhood hoping to find 5-year-old Eddie Crimmins Jr and 4-year-old Alice Marie Missy Crimmins alive Gross 12 In early afternoon Missys dead body was found in a vacant lot Gross 29 The ground-floor window of the childrens room was open but police were more interested in Alice Crimmins reputation as a swinger Faced with a dearth of physical evidence detectives felt that her sexual affairs and her
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