It is a case I had solely briefly heard about earlier than, I am unable to be sure, however I’m fairly positive I realized about this case from an previous tv collection. I used to be reminded of it once more not too long ago on a true-crime weblog by way of Reddit.
Marie Empress was a silent movie actress from Birmingham, England. She was born in 1884 beneath the identify Mary Ann Taylor. She had begun her appearing profession on the British vaudeville stage within the early 1900s earlier than turning into a silent movie star. She usually performed “vamps”. Marie would e-book a room on the cruise RMS Orduna, which departed from Liverpool on October 16th, 1919.
The ship made a number of stops through the journey. One being Halifax, Nova Scotia, then the cruise continued on to New York. When arriving in New York although, Marie Empress was seemingly nowhere to be discovered. All her belongings have been nonetheless in her room and apparently not one of many 1,000+ passengers noticed her or knew of her whereabouts.
In line with a stewardess, on the final night time at sea, she introduced Marie’s dinner to her and later got here again to gather the dishes at round 6:30 p.m. At the moment, Marie requested for some sandwiches to be introduced at 9:30 p.m. now, I do not discover it unusual to order a small snack or meal earlier than mattress, however I do discover it odd that she would order a number of sandwiches if she was alone.
Later that night the stewardess returned with Marie’s requested sandwiches. However, she was not there so she left the meals one the desk and went on her method. When she got here again the subsequent morning to examine on Marie although, she was not there and her meals was untouched. The mattress had additionally not been slept in and it’s believed Marie went lacking between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. on the night of the 26th of October.
Theories as to what occurred to Marie Empress have diversified. One of the vital fashionable theories is that Marie jumped off the boat in some unspecified time in the future. The issue with this although is that the porthole in her room could be a lot too small to squeeze by means of and in addition, nobody noticed Marie anyplace on this ship. With as many individuals as there have been on this ship, it will be close to not possible to not discover somebody leaping off the boat. She would have needed to journey by means of many corridors and rooms full of individuals and as talked about earlier than, not a single individual noticed her, or at the very least nobody is talking up.
One other principle that was spun up by the press is that Marie was merely doing this for publicity. Which might have been all effectively and good if she hadn’t left all of her valuables and necessities behind? And naturally, she by no means returned. So we will clearly rule a publicity stunt out of this. The media did not spin these tales out of something although, there are stories of her doing publicity stunts earlier than throughout her profession. Nonetheless, nobody ever claimed her belongings. Sadly, none of Maries Empress’s movies can be found to view on-line. Not a lot of something has survived from her profession outdoors of some information clippings, most of them to do together with her disappearance. Marie Empress’s story continues to be unsolved, from her background to her disappearance.