MEET THE AUTHOR: CHARLOTTE GRAY
Niagara Parks invited British-born Canadian author and historian Charlotte Gray to speak about her latest book, Murdered Midas, which delves deep into the fascinating story of Sir Harry Oakes. The sold-out event was hosted on December 9 at the historic Oak Hall, the former mansion of the Canadian multimillionaire whose murder remains unsolved.
About the Book
A gold mine. A millionaire. An island paradise. An unsolved murder. A missing fortune. The story of the infamous Sir Harry Oakes as only Charlotte Gray can tell it.
Award-winning biographer and popular historian Charlotte Gray explores, for the first time, the life of the man behind the scandal, a man who was both reviled and admired–from his early, hardscrabble days of mining exploration, to his explosion of wealth and his grandiose gestures of philanthropy. Gray brings fresh eyes to his bungled murder investigation and shocking trial in the remote colonial island streets of Nassau, Bahamas, proposing an overlooked suspect in this long cold case. Murdered Midas is the story of the man behind the newspaper headlines, who, despite his wealth and position, was never able to have justice.
Oak hall is an impressive Tudor style mansion built in 1928 for Canadian mining tycoon Sir Harry Oakes. The imposing structure features a number of striking architectural characteristics, including ornate stonework and gargoyles adorning the main entrance. Niagara Parks purchased the historic building in 1959 with the main floor of the 37-room mansion preserved and open to the public for tours. The building also currently houses administrative offices.