Caleb Milne"Textile Scion, Hoax Author, Dies in battle," The Salt Lake City Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Wednesday, May 19, 1943, p. 9.

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Textile Scion, Hoax Author, Dies in Battle NEW YORK, May 18 UP)— Caleb Milne IV, 30-year-old member of a wealthy Philadelphia textile manufacturing family who in 1935 admitted a kidnapping hoax that caused a two-state FBI manhunt, was killed May 11 in Tunisia where he served as an ambulance driver, it was announced Tuesday by the American field service. Milne was one of four ambulance drivers who volunteered for stretcher bearer service with the Fighting French forces in Tunisia. Another, Henry S. Bonner, Rye Center, N. H., was wounded at the same time but is recovering, the A.F S said. The two other volun- , ;eers were Porter Jarrell, Newton-! rille, Mass., and Richard Edwards, Rye, N. Y. Milne, son of Major and Mrs. Caleb Milne III, Woodstock, N. Y., was struck by a mortar shell while lending two wounded men and died liter In a dressing station. He was an architect before he joined the A F S in June, 1942. After graduating from the University University of Pennsylvania, Milne became became an actor. It was to secure jublicity to further this career, he ater admitted to the FBI, that he conceived the kidnap hoax. In December, 1935, he disap- >eared from hia New York city ipartment which he shared with lis brother, and the following day his grandfather, Caleb Milne Jr., retired textile manufacturer, received received a ransom note for $25,000. A few days later young 1 Milne was 'found" by a motorist on a high, ivay near Doylestown, Pa., appar- :ntly suffering from exposure ana hunger. The FBI continued its investigation investigation into two states, and on De- .cmber 27 Milne, brought to J. Edgar Edgar Hoover's office in New York, onfessed the hoax, and was held m a charge of atttempted extor- ion. Subsequently, a grand jury cturned no indictment, and the harges wore dropped. HU grandfather declared, "I'll iver forgive him." When the grandfather died in 1B41, young received no part of the $431,00 $431,00 estate.

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  • — Caleb Milne"Textile Scion, Hoax Author, Dies in battle," The Salt Lake City Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Wednesday, May 19, 1943, p. 9.

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