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8 Real Murder Cases That Inspired Classic Mystery Novels

Sometimes reality and fiction are intertwined.

murder mysteries inspired by real case
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  • Peter Manuel enters a courtroom.Photo Credit: Murderpedia

Edith Thompson and Freddy Bywaters

edith thompson (center) the inspiration for the documents in the case (left) and finnegans wake (right)
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Neville Heath

Hawley Harvey Crippen

murder mysteries inspired by real case
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  • A disguised Crippen after his arrest. 

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John Haigh

Francis Rattenbury

francis rattenbury, inspiration for the paying guests
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William Palmer

Herbert Rowse Armstrong

murder mysteries inspired by real case
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The "Beast of Birkenshaw"