18th October 1947 Camb was working on the
Durban Castle liner sailing from Cape town to
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
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
Camb was sentenced to death.
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
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was revoked, sending him back to prison to complete his
released from prison in 1978 and died from heart failure
in July 1979..