Throughout Alice Crimmins" trial for the murder of her two young children, the prosecution used questionable witnesses and thin evidence that nevertheless convinced an all-male jury to find her guilty.
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Jerry Engel/New York Post Archives/NYP Holdings/Getty ImagesCrimmins heading back to court on May 14, 1975, after the manslaughter verdict was reinstated.
Crimmins spent a total of 30 months behind bars in Harlem’s Parkside Correctional Facility between 1971 when she was first convicted, and 1977, when she was paroled.
She had made a bid for parole twice before the board granted it after seeing that she had entered a work-release program as a secretary. Other than that, it is not clear what suddenly swayed the parole board to grant her release, at least according to a New York Times from 1977.
During her time in prison, she married her long-time lover, Anthony Grace. The two remained married until his death in 1998.
Alice Crimmins has remained remarkably elusive ever since. Some claim to have seen the 82-year-old widow in Florida and living under a different name. Others reported sightings of her in New York — though none of these have ever been confirmed.
Meanwhile, her literal trials and tribulations have inspired countless novels, documentaries, and movies. Her story became the basis for Mary Higgins Clark’s 1975 bestselling mystery novel, Where Are The Children?.
In the real-life story, Alice Crimmins’ guilt could never be conclusively proven with hard evidence. Even today, the truth behind her children’s murders remains unknown.
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