The Head of Emily Kaye

The Dead Eyes Opened. The Dead Eyes Opened. The Dead Eyes Opened. The Dead Eyes Opened.

Ever since I first encountered the Severed Head’s classic proto-techno track Dead Eyes Opened as a teenager I’ve wondered if the narration was cut from the whole cloth or if it referred to a real murder…

Today, after many attempts over the years, I finally figured it out.

The spoken work component is from a radio broadcast of crime writer Edgar Lustgarten reading his account of what was known as the Crumbles Murder in which one Patrick Mahon murdered his mistress Emily Kaye in a beach cabin near Eastbourne, Sussex in 1924.

So there we go. One mystery down, so many to go…

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