May 1, 2021

The Porthole murder of Gay Gibson. Series 3 episode 23

Blog 5 : The Porthole murder of Gay Gibson: This podcast was made from notes from The National Archives MEPO/3/2860 and the transcript from the trial and some other newspaper sources. I known that this case happened over 70 years ago, but I had never heard of it, I came across it while investigating another Southampton case which I may make into a podcast in the future.

I think that James Camb was very lucky to escape with his life, I am in little doubt that he was a murderer, it may have been true that Gay had a seizure during sex which may well have been rape and instead of getting medical assistance, he threw her from the cabin’s porthole. Although his wife divorced him, he had a chance for a fresh start, but he was unable to control his paedophile tendencies, he was later given a two year probation for attacking a 13 year old girl, it seems that sentences for paedophiles were lenient back in the 1960s, then in Scotland in 1971 he assaulted three underage girls and was sent back to prison. He was released in 1978 when he was in his early 60s but died the next year.

The UK was deprived of Gay Gibson who may have become a star of the theatre or the screen or even a role in a sit-com. I liked the sound of Gay Gibson, she seemed to live life on her own terms. The behaviour that she displayed would not have been criticised in a male of the same age, clearly reflecting the double standards of the time.

James Camb was a bully and a predator, and such people are often able to see the weakness in people and exploit it.

Anyhow, I did not use Damselfly music as backing for this episode, I have a new Macbook and didn’t have the music downloaded. This mac is so different to my older version and I did not silence the incoming messages, so apologies for that. There was also a pug dog asleep in the room but I don’t think his snoring came through.

I have uploaded some photographs on the Strange Stories UK Facebook site, I have not put them on the website as I am not sure of copyright.