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+ Page 2C COMMUNITY Hays Free Press July 8, 2015 AkiUhandsome lady- er, who lived his ast four decades in Texas, was arrested on July 9, 1943 for the murder of his father-in-law, the wealthiest man in the Bahamas. The woman, who gave birth to Alfred de Marigny on an island in the Indian Ocean in 1910, ran offwirh another man when her child was just three years old. But his father must have been an even worse parent because the son renounced his aristocratic birthright, including the title of count, and took his mother's surname. Even though he was a shrewd and success- ful investor, de Mariguy made a habit of marrying money. After his first wife, the daughter of a London banker, dumped him for his best friend, he filled the vacancy with a New York heiress. The couple honey- mooned in the Bahamas and settled there in the late 1930's. But this mar- riage too soon soured, and de Marigny was again flee to play the romantic field. If the charming Casanova had gotten along remotely as well with men as the opposite sex, he might never had ended up the defendant in the most sensational murder trial ofWoridWar II. But he could not resist speak- ing his mind and poking fun at the pompous and powerful. . King Georgevi found a way in 1941 to keep his This Week in Texas History by Bartee Halle brother om of his hair for the duration of the war. He sent the former Ed- ward VIII, Who abdicated in 1936 in Order to wed American divorcee Wallis Simpson, 4o the Bahamas as royal governor. De Marigny and the Duke of W ndsor hated each othe on first sight. De Marigr y did not bother to conceal his contempt for the exiled ex-king and once said in his presence, "I sometimes feel that our prince is npthing more than a pimple on the ass of the BritiSh Empire.' The Duke retaliated by publicly scoming him as "an unscrUpulous ad- venturer, a gambler and spendthrift who preyed on naive young women. In May 1942, Alfred de Marigny up and eloped with Nancy Oakes, first- born and favorite of the colony's richest resident. The groom was 32, the bride was 18 and her fa- ther was fit to be tied. Sir Harry Oakes was an American who dropped out of medical school to hunt for g01d. The wan- dering prospector struck it so rich in Canada in 1912 that overnight he became one of the Wealthiest men on earth. Attracted more by the lowltax rate than the tropical climate, the multimillionaire moved to the Bahamas in 1935. In the early hours of July 8, 1943, one or more assailants beat Oakes to death in bed, poured a flammable liquid over his battered body and set it on fire. But a brisk breeze from an open window blew out the blaze before the corpse was reduced to a pile of ashes. Harold Christie, Oakes' houseguest and best buddy, discovered his dead meal-ticket the next morning..He phoned police and then called the royal governor. The Duke of Wind- sor contacted the Miami police department and requested two detec- tives to fly to Nassau and investigate the killing. He, in fact, asked for them by name. One served as his bodyguard on his trips to Florida and the other was a fingerprint expert. The hand-picked sleuths showed no interest in the bloody footprints outside the victim's bed- room, failed to conduct a search of the grounds and did not bother to track down two night watch- men who had dropped out of sight. Neverthe- less, within hours of their arrival, the detectives announced they had their man- the scandalous son- in-law. The trial began on Oct. 18, 1943 and lasted 22 days. The accused sat in the traditional wooden box and peered at the proceed- ings through thick bars - the picture of guilt ffthere ever was one! All the prosecution had was a smudged impression of the little finger on de Marigny's right hand allegedly found on a screen next to the bed. But the fingerprint expert admitted he could not prove the evidence actually came from the crime scene, and the sec- ond detective testified his partner did not mention the incriminating find for weeks. Harold Christie, whose bedroom was next door to Even though Oakes', had a hard time convincing was a jurors and shrewd and spectators alike he slept through the successful savage attack and botChed investor, bonfire. His storythat de Marigny he never left the estate m a d e a that night was flatly habit of contradicted by a police marrying captain, who swore he saw him in down- money, town Nas- sau around midnight. The jury needed only 75 minutes to acquit de Marigny on a 9-3 vote. However, in a transparent effort to stay in the Duke's good graces, the dozen unanimously decreed that he should be deported. In spite of the verdict, de Marigny was an outcast throughout the British Empire. Nancy called it quits, and the Canadians kicked him out of the country. In NewYork he survived by selling blood, walking dogs for elderly socialites and working as a strikebreaker. He met his fourth and final wife in 1952. They settled in Houston, where his profitable stock portfolio provided a life of luxury out of the lime- light. Alfred de Marigny died a rich recluse in 1998. He never wavered in his firm belief that the Duke of Windsor tried to frame him for the murder of sir Harry Oakes, a crime that remains unsolved to this very day. Bartee welcomes your comments and questions at or P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549 and invites you to visit his web site at bartee- I i I ! IIIII + COX mechanical communica- tions. He was a member of MichaelWayne Cox, age the Church of Christ. 72 of Kyle, TX died June 30, He is sutwived by his 2015, at - - --- wife, Alicia Cox, sons, Mike Christus Cox, ]r. and Lance Croix, SantaRosa FranciscoYbarra, Zackary Westo- ~J//~~ Devrow, and Robert Dev- ver Hills row, daughters, Mary Alice Hospital Murphy, Susie R. Chapa, Texas Crossword in San An- [~:?/~i~~f:l and RebeCca Ann Cox, a tonio, TX. brother, MarkCox, sisters and Sudoku sponsored by Michael Carolyn Morrison and was born Nancy BorUm and numer- Aug. 13, ous grandbhildren. , Michael was preceded 1942, in Lampasas, TX, the son of George Washington Cox and era Faye (Wilson) Cox. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years until his retire- ment as a MSGT. After Michael's retirement he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration in in death by his parents. Funer services were held Tuesday July 7, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Sneed Funeral Chapel. B rial followed at Kempner Cemetery in It's About Thyme Continued from pg. 1C Kempner, Sign book at w alchapelx online guest- w.sneedfuner- om. planted seedlings a bit of If you 13 ave never aftemoon shade for the I grown fal tomatoes be- first two weeks can really fore, why not give it a try? help them to establish a And, this Cooler summer strong root system. I place of 2015 just might be the some frost guard cloth on best yet. Happy garden- the west side of the plants, ing! , suspended with barn- I! boo stakes to give some temporary shade. 'Works great, and is easy to do. A weekly spray of sea- weed and fish emulsion can also give the plants a boost. Both are known to help with stress from the summer heat. If you have a ques, tion for Chris, send it via email to iathyme@yahoo. com. Or mail a postcard to It's About Thyme: 11726 Manchac# Road, Austin, TX 78 748[ Check it Out Continued from pg. 1C to work in atrocious conditions shoring up the levees. In one particularly notorious event ap- proximately 13,000 African Americans who had sought higher ground were left stranded on a levee for four days without food or drinking water in Greenville, Mississippi while 33 white citizens from the same levee were rescued. No African Americans were rescued because planters were afraid they would not retum to work the felds if they were allowed to leave. Meanwhile, almost 300,000 African Americans along the river were forced to live as virtual prison- ers for months in camps where food, water, and medical supplies were in- adequate i l:dle they were forced to dean up flooded areas. The treatment of African Americans during flood added siguificanfly to the historic Great Migration of Mrican Americans to northern and mid-Western cities, altering fc graphics s ofAmeric This an on histori, available Library. AJ you hear" rever the demo- nd social fabric L other books : disasters are Lt the Kyle Public the next time When the Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin, you'll know they re sing- ing about file Mississippi flood of 1927. iiiii iiiiiiiiiiii i i i!i !! i i i i i!iiiii iii ![i{i{ ! i iiii{ i ! i iiii! ! i i i ! 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