murder or suicide at sea 1938
ALLEGE PROFESSOR DISAPPEARS AT SEA AFTER BEATING WIFE WOMAN SAVED FROM BEING THROWN OVERBOARD BY SAILOR ON NORMANDIE NEW YORK, Aug. 2.—(ff>-Fed- authorities were conducting an inquiry today Into the bizarre etory of a midnight death struggle struggle on the liner Normandle which ended in the disappearance of a young college professor and the perious injury of his wife. Officers of the French Hner re(ported re(ported yesterday that Dr. Robert Moore Duncan, 35, assistant pro- essor of politics at Colgate University, University, had vanished at sea, 450 miles from New York, after attempting attempting to throw his wife, Alice, overboard. Mrs, Duncan, mother of two small children and daughter of an associate of John D. Rockerfellcr, Jr., arrived In the ship's hospital, bruised and beaten, and was secluded secluded today in her parents' homo in Montclair, N. J. 'Dr. and Mrs. Duncan left June 45 for a North Cape cruise on the liner Paris. Henry Villar, the Normandle's purser, said they appeared happy happy on shipboard and ate dinner in their cabin on Sunday night, their last night together. Then, strolling on the -windswept -windswept boat deck, they started an argument which was overheard by Seaman Joseph Brouard, the pur- 0er reported. "Duncan grabbed his wife by the throat," Villar said, "and hit her several times over the head, apparently with some instrument, knocked her unconscious and attempted attempted to throw her over the Bide." The seaman "went down in time to tear Mrs. Duncan from her husband's grip," Villar said. "He carried her to a companionway, companionway, put her down and then went back to see about Duncan, but the man had disappeared." A search disclosed no trace of him. "When Mrs. Duncan was revived," revived," said Villar, "the first thing she said was, 'Get my husband. He is going to commit suicide." Dr. Duncan, a Princeton graduate graduate taught at Texas Christian University, University, Fort Worth, and the American University at Yen Chlng China, before going to Colgate Jn Hamilton, N. Y.. in 1934.