ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Murder of Sir Harry Oakes: Blood & Fire

Updated on June 10, 2015
BritFlorida profile image

BritFlorida loves to track down historical stories, especially scandals and mysteries from the UK.

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?


© 2014 Jackie Jackson


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • 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

    • ecogranny profile image

      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.

    • Nancy Hardin profile image

      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.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)