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The Murder of Sir Harry Oakes: Blood & Fire

Updated on June 10, 2015
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Blood and Fire - a true murder mystery set in the Bahamas.
Blood and Fire - a true murder mystery set in the Bahamas. | Source

What was the Duke of Windsor's possible involvement in the murder of Sir Harry Oakes?

There are several theories about this and I know which one I prefer but first, a little background.

Edward & Mrs Simpson

Just before WW2, the King abdicated so that he could marry his mistress and they were exiled to Europe.

But when war broke out,they were an embarrassment to the government and thought to have pro-Nazi sympathies so were sent to a far flung corner of the empire, the Bahamas. The king, now the Duke of Windsor became its governor.

Who was Sir Harry Oakes?

One of the Bahama's wealthiest residents, Sir Harry had made his fortune in prospecting gold. An American, he had become a British citizen as a tax dodge and retired to the islands where he mixed with others who, like him, had great fortunes and huge influence.

The murder

Not everyone in the area in those days was highly respectable. Less than a hundred miles across the water was Miami - a city in which the mob had a strong foothold. Plus, they had their eyes on the Bahamas. They had plans for the island.

Many good mystery stories start with the words 'it was a dark and stormy night' and that's the case with this one too. During a tropical thunderstorm, Sir Harry was brutally murdered in his bed. Or was he?

Enter the Duke of Windsor

It's often thought that the duke, who took charge of the investigation, simply bungled the case. He brought in two detectives,old acquaintances of his, from Miami. An innocent man was arrested and acquitted. Witnesses disappeared. The case remained a mystery.

I have my own theory

I have looked extensively into this case. I've read great deal about it too but it's not just that. I live in South Florida, less than an hour away from the Bahamas by air. I've been there several times. On a business footing, I have been involved with descendants of a certain person who was involved in this case.

I am certain that the Duke of Windsor was smarter than this story makes him appear to be. Furthermore, I am 99% certain that I know who murdered Sir Harry Oakes.

I'm not going to say here who I suspect. In fact, I'm not going to say who I suspect anywhere online or in writing in any way, shape or form. Suffice it to say that my own suspect has a relatively high profile in the case.

When you've read about this horrific murder,let me know in the comments section below - who do you think was guilty? Just don't expect me to confirmor deny your theory - I am keeping my own conclusion to myself.

You can find out more about the murdered man, his early life and upbringing, from the video below.

In the video below, see actual footage from the time. What I will say is that my own suspect is not the person who was originally suspected of the crime.

In addition,I do not suspect the Duke of Windsor. However,I do believe that his involvement with this case features more than meets the eye.

The video below shows the duke being sworn in as the Governor of the Bahamas. I believe it is pretty revealing.

The duke could almost be described as nonchalant when he takes the oath - see seems bored and weary of the whole business.

His wife the duchess, referred to in the clip as 'his lady', can be seen on the right fanning herself, also looking thoroughly fed up of the matters in hand.

What about the wife?

Often when there is a murder case, the spouse is one of the first suspects. The killing was a violent one and it was fairly obvious that it wasn't the work of a female - although women have been known to hire killers in order to dispose with their rich husbands. Learn more about Eunice Oakes from the video below.

Who Killed Sir Harry Oakes?
Who Killed Sir Harry Oakes?

This is another interesting book about the strange murder and it has its own theories.If the name of the author is familiar to you that's because he was better known as a writer of thrillers and adventure novels.Did this cloud his judgement when he was writing about this case?

 

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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ecogranny: No,I really can't. But the person I strongly suspect is a prominent character in the case and the information is out there. I've said enough now :)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SheGetsCreative: Thanks for the pin!

    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Very interesting - now I have to go research for more... pinned

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      Well, you've certainly piqued my interest. It's too bad, though, that you don't want to share your theory. It would be wonderful to know who you think "done-it" and why. In fact, learning what you believed happened would probably intrigue me just enough to put that book high on my "next reads" list.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Nancy Hardin: Fascinating, isn't it? I think that there was a mob connection too and that it was all tied in with money. The murderer got away with it, that's for sure.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Fascinating. I watched the video all the way through. I think the mob did it, but then I always think the mob does it, in any unsolved murder! Thanks for the story.

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