Murder at the Crumbles
The Case of Emily Kaye
Herbert Mahon was a handsome philanderer with winning ways who committed
what an Appeal Court judge described as a 'most cruel, repulsive and
carefully planned murder'.
They decided to engage in a 'love experiment' by living together in a bungalow rented for the purpose on a lonely part of the Sussex coast between Eastbourne and Pevensey Bay known as the Crumbles.
On April 12th 1924 Mahon bought a saw and knife before travelling down to Eastbourne to meet Miss Kaye. His firm and his wife thought he was travelling on company business, while Miss Kaye, completely infatuated with Mahon, told friends she was engaged and planned to visit South Africa. When Mahon failed to obtain a passport as he had promised, there was an argument in the 'love bungalow' during which Mahon claimed Emily attacked him and, falling down in the process, struck her head on a coal bucket. She allegedly died from this blow.
Mrs. Mahon, concerned by her husband's pursuit of other women, went through the pockets of one of his suits. There she found a cloakroom ticket which, when presented a Waterloo railway station, produced a Gladstone bag containing bloodstained female clothing. Mahon was stopped by the police when he turned up to collect his bag. His excuse that he had carried dog meat failed, it having been established that the bloodstains were human.
visited the bungalow at the Crumbles. They found pieces of boiled flesh
in a saucepan; sawn-up chunks of a corpse in a hat box, a trunk and
a biscuit tin; and ashes n the fire containing bone fragments. Sir Bernard
Spilsbury pieced together the body of the pregnant Emily Kaye, but no
head was ever found.
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