a picture of sir Harry Oaks

a picture of sir Harry Oaks

On July 8th of the year 1943 in Nassau in the Bahamas, a Bahamian multimillionaire was murdered. Sir Harry Oaks was actually from Maine in the United States of America. He had been lured to Nassau in the Bahamas by a friend and fellow business partner, Harold Christie. Harold, who had been staying at Sir Harry Oaks’ house, found Harry on the bed with a bad wound to the head. His head had been bludgeoned with something that had crushed his skull.

The Murder of Sir Harry

The murderer had completely soaked Harry’s body in petrol, covered him with feathers, and set him on fire. An electric fan had also been left at the foot of the bed to fan the flames. The fire had been set to hide evidence from Harry’s murder, but a heavy storm soon put the flames out. The pajamas on one side of his body had been burned away and his skin was covered in heat blisters. At the scene of the crime, bloody hand prints had been found. Along with a fingerprint on a Chinese screen, and stairs covered in footprints that led into Harold’s room.

Harry’s business actually provided a lot of jobs for people in the area. He’d been involved in a lot of outreach projects, so people couldn’t understand who would want to murder him. Fingers were immediately pointed at Alfred de Margny. He was a Mauritian with a French title who also happened to be married to Harry’s daughter. Investigators questioned Alfred and less than thirty-six hours later, Alfred had been charged with murdering Sir Harry Oaks. Alfred protested that “It is a ridiculous charge.”

A Plant?

The fingerprint found on the Chinese screen in Harry’s room matched Alfred. But people believed that the police had planted it there to frame him. The entire night, while Harry was being murdered, Alfred was at a dinner party and had even driven several guests home that night. He had driven past Harry’s home and only had thirty minutes without an alibi. At the time, it was the biggest news story across the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Even to the point of forcing World War Two off the front pages for a bit.

Many people believe that because the police were so caught up with incriminating Alfred, they completely overlooked Harold as a suspect. Not only had he first discovered the body, he also owed Harry money. People found it unbelievable that Harold had supposedly slept through the entire murder. Several locals said that he had been seen in town that evening as well. But Harold was never charged with Sir Harry Oaks’ murder or even brought in as a suspect. Unfortunately, he died in 1973, so anything he knew about Sir Harry Oaks’ murder died with him.

Other conspiracy theories point to the police, especially since the two officers who arrived on scene that day did so without any equipment to photograph fingerprints. They also postponed their search until the next day, did not secure the crime scene, and never tried to locate the murder weapon.