CELEBRATING AGATHA CHRISTIE
As the best-selling novelist of all time and the proclaimed Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie has an iconic legacy in crime novels spanning decades. Much has been said about her novels through the years, but her life remains a tireless point of public fascination. In this Inside feature, we get a peek into her personal life and the real events that inspired her novels. Read the chilling details
writing in return came to impact criminal elements in the real world in the full issue of Real Crime
Casebooks: Agatha Christie.
It is a little known fact that Agatha Christie is guilty
on the pages of her classic mystery novels. For hidden away in her cosy whodunits, often featuring much loved sleuths Poirot and Marple, were elements of disturbing real-life crimes. While her stories are adored the world over for their ingenious plots that steer clear of violence and gore, the author could not resist working into a couple of her tales elements of two child killings that shocked the world.
These crimes clearly so moved Christie that she featured them in her hugely popular mysteries Murder On The
Orient Express and The Mousetrap.
So while the special souvenir publication Real Crime Casebooks: Agatha Christie sets out to celebrate the world’s most popular author on the 125th anniversary of her birth, it also delves into these heartbreaking true crimes, which Christie felt compelled to include in her stories.
While she was writing Murder On The Orient Express, published in 1934, people on both sides of the Atlantic were gripped by newspaper reports of the manhunt surrounding the kidnapping of the infant son of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh in New Jersey.
The story of the search for Charles Jr, the payment of a $50,000 ransom, the discovery of the child’s body and eventual trial of Bernard Hauptmann for the crime lasted four years.
Later, wartime Britain was appalled by the O’Neill case, in which brothers Terence, aged 10, and Dennis, 13, were horribly abused by their foster parents, resulting in the death of Dennis.
Devotees of Agatha Christie will be fascinated to see how the author infused Murder On The Orient Express and The Mousetrap, the world’s longest-running stage play, with aspects of these tragic cases. Both give surprising insights into her feelings about justice and even revenge.
While looking at how these events influenced Christie, magazine also reveals how her brilliant fiction leapt odd the pages of her novels and helped to save lives in the real world – and may even have inspired poisoners in several countries.
And at the centre of it all is the enigmatic woman with a genius for plotting and twists. Why is she still so popular? Why did she disappear in 1926? And why do contemporary crime writers still hail her as the best?