Sir Harry Oakes, 68, Murdered 8 July 1943, Nassau, Bahamas

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  1. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Unraveling The Mysterious Death of Sir Harry Oakes in the Bahamas

    Take one very rich man, family hatreds, financial secrets, Nazi sympathizers and the notorious Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and what do you get?

    Written by Nancy Bilyeau
    It was July 8, 1943, an hour after dawn; a time and a season for everything to be quiet and slow-moving on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. But not this morning. Frantic phone calls destroyed the drowsy, sultry calm. The largest landowner in the Bahamas, a man worth $200 million, had been found dead, and the cause was anything but natural.

    Sir Harry Oakes, 68, born and raised in Maine, possessor of a Canadian gold-mine fortune and a British title, had been bludgeoned to death in the bedroom of Westbourne, his bougainvillea-adorned Nassau estate. From the looks of the crime scene, he’d also been set on fire. The walls bore bloodstains. Feathers were everywhere, their source a torn pillow, although some of the wilder rumors claimed they came from a chicken, evidence of a voodoo ritual...

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    The murder of Sir Harry Oakes
    At the height of the Second World War in 1943, the wealthiest man in the British Empire was found murdered in his Bahamian home.

    Sir Harry Oakes had been bludgeoned to death and his body set on fire as he lay in bed. What followed was a catalogue of catastrophic errors or, perhaps worse, a conspiracy to ensure that the killer would never be caught.

    Central to this was the former King Edward VIII, now the Duke of Windsor and governor of the Bahamas whose actions were at best incompetent or at worst an attempt to frame an innocent man and to mask his own Nazi sympathies...

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    The murder of Sir Harry Oakes – Historical Murder Presentations.
     
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    Bludgeoned to death...poor man what a horrible way to die
    Unfortunately I don't think this case would be ever solved
    Maybe new DNA tests could help...who knows...
     

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