(Clockwise from left) Crippen, Muir, Cora, Golabek, Aspden, Ranoszek.
A barrister has used the same line of questioning which was instrumental in convicting Dr Hawley Crippen over 100 years ago to ensnare another murderer.
Gordon Aspden KC dusted off his copy of History's Most Famous Murderers for the trial of Kamil Ranoszek, who was accused of bludgeoning Ilona Golabek to death at their flat last year after he discovered she had been in contact with other men over the Tinder dating app.
Ranoszek claimed that on the evening of her death he returned home from a friend's birthday party and went to bed while Golabek was sitting on the sofa using her phone. He said that when he got up the next day, she had vanished.
Golabek's remains were found three days later in a park in Boston, Lincolnshire, but the evidence against Ranoszek was circumstantial.
However, Aspden, from 7BR chambers, deployed the same series of questions used by prosecutor Richard Muir to convince the Old Bailey of Crippen's guilt in 1910 to persuade a jury at Lincoln Crown Court that Golabek had not left the flat alive.
Crippen, an American homeopath, was accused of poisoning and dismembering Cora, his wife, and hiding her torso under the basement floor. His defence alleged that a previous tenant was responsible for the remains, and that Cora had fled to America with another man.
Muir asked Crippen at his trial, "On the early morning of 1 February you were left alone in your house with your wife?" Crippen answered, "Yes".
Muir: "She was alive?"
Muir: "And well?"
Muir: "Do you know of any person in the world who has seen her alive since?"
Crippen: "I do not."
A jury found Crippen guilty and he was hanged at Pentonville Prison. 112 years later, Aspden asked Ranoszek, "At 11pm on the night of 9 November, you returned home and were left alone in the sitting room of 26a Wormgate with Ilona Golabek. Is that right?" Ranoszek answered, "Yes".
Aspden: "Ilona Golabek was alive?"
Aspden: "And well?"
Aspden: "Do you know of any person in the world who has seen her alive since then?"
After the barrister concluded his case and following three days of deliberations, the jury found Ranoszek guilty of murder.