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Craig Kennedy
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Craig Kennedy from the front piece to the Silent Bullet (1910)

Real Name

Craig Kennedy

First Appearance

The Case of Helen Bond (in Cosmopolitan, December, 1910)

Original Publisher

Hearst Corporation

Created by

Arthur B. Reeve


A chemistry professor and scientist at Columbia University who used science to solve crimes. He used advanced techniques such as psychoanalysis and (at the time, cutting edge) technology such as lie detectors, gyroscopes, x-rays and portable seismographs as crime solving tools.Kennedy smoked a pipe, carried a revolver, was a good fighter (good enough to disarm a man with a knife) and was a master of disguise.

Kennedy lived in a neat bachelor apartment on the Heights, not far from the University with his old friend and college roomate Walter Jameson. Jameson was a newspaper crime reporter for the Star who assisted Kennedy on cases.

He aided Elaine Dodge in tracking down The Clutching Hand, who killed her father. He also tracked down Wu Fang and The Clutching Hand II.

PD Literary Appearances

  • The Silent Bullet
  • The War Terror
  • The Treasure Train
  • Guy Garrick
  • The Social Gangster
  • The Exploits of Elaine
  • The Romance of Elaine
  • The Poison Pen
  • The Ear in the Wall
  • Gold of the Gods
  • The Dream Doctor

Periodical/Pulp Appearances

  • Cosmopolitan (December 1910- August 1912)
  • The Popular Magazine
  • Detective Story Magazine
  • Country Gentleman
  • Everybody's Magazine
  • Flynn's
  • World Man Hunters
  • Complete Detective Novel Magazine
  • Dime Detective
  • Popular Detective
  • Weird Tales

PD Film Appearances

  • The Exploits of Elaine (1914)
  • The New Exploits of Elaine (1915)
  • The Romance of Elaine (1915)
  • The Carter Case (1919)
  • The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand (1936)

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