The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

A nurse disappears and the journalists arrive at a Boulogne hotel (1927)

1920s pic of the day: a nurse disappears and the journalists arrive at a Boulogne hotel (1927)

In the spring of 1927 the young nurse May Daniels disappeared while visiting Boulogne with a friend on a day trip from Brighton. Despite the best efforts of the French and British authorities, it was five months until her body was found in woods north of the city. Even then the sensational case remained unsolved and continued to draw the attention of “many London and Paris newspapers (who) have sent correspondents to Boulogne to deal with the mystery.” As rival journalists and “special correspondents” scrambled to be first with the news, Netley Lucas, ex-crook and “special-crime-writer” to the Sunday News, arrived in town. Staying at the Hotel Christol et Bristol, he “joined a happy band of newspaper men who were trying to unravel the mystery,” including Ex-Chief Inspector Gough, working as “special investigator” for the Daily Mail, and Leslie Randall of the Daily Express.

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3 comments on “A nurse disappears and the journalists arrive at a Boulogne hotel (1927)

  1. Martin Edwards
    October 14, 2013

    Do you know if this case was ever solved?

  2. The Trickster Prince
    October 14, 2013

    Not as far as I know–though there were a whole series of false reports that it was (which I’ve been writing about in passing in the current book).

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