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 JAMES CAMB

 


Name:

James Camb

AKA:

 

D.O.B:

 
Kill Total:

1

Kill date:

October 1947

Kill Place:

At sea

Status:

Single

Occupation:

Steward
Victim:

Eileen (Gay) Gibson

D.O.B:

1926

 


 

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18th October 1947 Camb was working on the Durban Castle liner sailing from Cape town to Southampton.

He had gone to the cabin of Gay Gibson for sex. Whether this was consensual is not clear. What is clear is that when Camb was examined by a doctor he had scratch marks on him, consistent with a struggle. Gay had disappeared and the body never found. It is believed Camb pushed her body through the porthole.

At the trial, Camb claimed that she had died of natural causes whilst having consensual sex with him.  The prosecution claimed she was strangled - the expert saying that bloodstained saliva on the sheets and the fact that she urinated just before death, staining the bed, showed that she had been strangled.


Camb was sentenced to death.

However, he had a lucky escape, parliament was debating the abolition clause that had recently been put in the Criminal Justice Bill - so all executions were suspended. The clause was finally deleted and hanging started up again. Camb was released from prison on licence in September 1959.

 

In 1967, he was sentenced to 2 years probation for indecently assaulting a young girl. Not long after, he was found guilty of indecently assaulting children, his licence was revoked, sending him back to prison to complete his life sentence.

 

He was released from prison in 1978 and died from heart failure in July 1979..

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