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Times (London)
17 December 1947


We announce with regret the deaths of MAJOR-GENERAL R. WANLESS-O'GOWAN, C.B., C.MG.; and MR. WALTER DEW, whose last and most famous case as chief inspector, C.I.D., was the arrest of Dr. Crippen in 1910. Obituary notices will be found on page 6 together with a tribute to Mr. Samuel Courtauld.

We also announce with regret the death of the HON. W.J. TUPPER, Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba from 1934 to 1939 and son of Sir Charles Tupper, the father of the Canadian Federation, reported by our Winnipeg Correspondent.


Mr. Walter Dew, formerly Chief Inspector, C.I.D., at Scotland Yard, died at Worthing yesterday at the age of 84.

The climax of his career was when, working on the slightest clues, he concluded that Dr. Crippen had murdered his wife, the music-hall artist Belle Elmore, and found the remains under the cellar floor of Crippen's house in Hilldrop Crescent, Holloway. His subsequent arrest of the disguised Crippen and his mistress on board ship in the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, which Dew carried out in his disguise as a pilot with the words: "Good morning, Dr. Crippen," was the first arrest of a criminal in which wireless telegraphy was used. When he had completed his last and most famous case Dew retired in 1910 to Worthing and published his reminiscences in 1938 under the title, "I caught Crippen."

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