MUR­DER ON THE ORI­ENT EX­PRESS

History Revealed - - TIME CAPSULE OCTOBER -

In De­cem­ber 1931, crime nov­el­ist Agatha Christie found her­self stranded on an Ori­ent Ex­press train fol­low­ing heavy rain­fall and flood­ing. The in­ci­dent in­spired her 1934 mur­der-mys­tery, Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press. In fact, a mur­der did take place on the train, but not un­til three years af­ter the book was pub­lished. Maria Far­easanu, di­rec­tor of a Bucharest fash­ion school, was robbed by her com­part­ment com­pan­ion be­fore be­ing pushed out of an open win­dow to her death. When her fox scarf was spot­ted around the neck of a Swiss lady, po­lice were in­formed that it had come from 23-year-old stu­dent Karl Strasser. He was im­pris­oned for life.

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