The Mystery Dies

By | Dec 3, 2012

December 3, 1926 was a quiet Friday evening. Mystery writer Agatha Christie was well on her way as an established writing having just published her seventh book, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. After giving her daughter a goodnight kiss she suddenly left the house for a car ride. The next morning the car was discovered in a ditch a few miles from the house, but where was Agatha Christie?

Her disappearance was front page news throughout England. A nearby lake was searched for her body and everyone was concerned about her health and safety.

Eleven days later she was discovered staying at the Hydropathic Hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire using the name Mrs Teresa Neele. Christie would never give an account on to why she disappeared, although two doctors at the time diagnosed her as suffering from amnesia.

There has been many theories developed on why she disappeared. At the time one of them was that the entire event was nothing more than a publicity stunt. But it was soon discovered that the author had several life setbacks during the prior year.

One of the biggest was that she had discovered that her husband, Archie Christie, was having an affair with a woman by the name of Nancy Neale. Was the disappearance due to a mental breakdown or a way to get back at her husband, who had recently asked for a Divorce?

The real reason died with her on January 12, 1976. Although there will be theories and opinions. Her greatest mystery may have been one that she didn’t pen.


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